This remake of Fela Kuti’s “Lady” by Merrill Garbus bka Tune-Yards, Angelique Kidjo, The Roots’ Questlove and Germany-via-Connecticut MC Akua Naru is remarkable for a few reasons. The track was recorded live, all of the gathered talent actually hanging out in a room together, and the final outcome is only from the second take. But what’s most important about the single, which is available for purchase on iTunes, is that it is part of a ten day fundraising campaign from Red Hot (which you can learn more about here) and the music leg of (RED). Together they’ve linked to make a Fela tribute compilation called (RED) Hot + FELA, which will be released next spring on Knitting Factory Records. The whole thing is part of this month’s (RED) RUSH TO ZERO campaign, with the goal to raise awareness and funding for an AIDS Free Generation by 2015. Read more here.
Stream: Tune-Yards, Angelique Kidjo, Questlove and Akua Naru, “Lady”