FELA! The Musical receiving 11 Tony Award nominations followed by the Original Broadway Cast's album gives us faith in the world around us. The recording features the entire cast and the premiere afrobeat orchestra Antibalas. The first single out is "Water Get No Enemy," one of our favorite Fela songs from his 1975 album Expensive Shit. With lead actor Sarh Ngaujah as the great artist singing to the famous horns riff, it is a beautifully revamped version that expresses exactly what the original intended—soulful music to move the people. The album is out on Knitting Factory Records on June 8th. E-mail email@example.com to get the free MP3 of "Water Get No Enemy." Hit the jump for the tracklist and next week's event at Brooklyn Bowl celebrating the release.
Tracklist for FELA! Original Broadway Cast Recording
1. Everything Scatter
2. BID (Breaking It Down) - High Life (Medzi Medzi)/Yellow Fever
3. Trouble Sleep
5. Black President (scene)
6. Lover (lyrics by Jim Lewis)
7. Upside Down
8. Expensive Shit
9. I.T.T. (International Thief Thief)
10. Kere Kay
11. Water Get No Enemy
12. Torture (scene)
14. Trouble Sleep (reprise)
15. Na Poi
16. Sorrow, Tears And Blood
17. Sorrow After Testimonials (scene/interlude)
18. Dance of the Orisas (Shakara)
19. Rain (music by Aaron Johnson and Jordan McLean, lyrics by Bill T. Jones and Jim Lewis)
20. Coffin Head of State
21. Kere Kay (act II)
22. Gentleman (bows)
We've added the eleven minute long original and one of our other recommended versions featuring Ms. Badu, D'Angelo and Fela's son Femi so you can get the feel for what "Water Get No Enemy" is about. We're willing to bet you listen to each one of them twice.
FELA KUTI, "WATER GET NO ENEMY"
FEMI KUTI F. D'ANGELO & ERYKAH BADU, "WATER GET NO ENEMY"