“Who’s this? The Sorcerers? It’s cool! This is great. Give me the cd man!”
“Awesome afro-jazz that is the Ethiopiques of the modern age.”
Jazzman Gerald, Jazzman Records
“Exotic woodwind melodies and solos. The bass clarinet fits perfectly with the Ethio vibe.”
Jimi Tenor, Warp Records
“Imagine if Mulatu Astake & The Menahan Street Band did an album together. Imagine how good that album would be. This record is just like that. The ATA guys really know what they’re doing! Essential.”
Lack of afro, Freestyle Records
Born out of the heat of Nigeria’s 1970s african funk scene, William Onyeabor is a synth pioneer who self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in South-Eastern Nigeria, and then became a Born-Again Christian, refusing to ever speak about himself or his music again.
Red Hot + Riot (a.k.a. Red Hot + Riot: The Music and Spirit of Fela Kuti) is the fourteenth in a series of music compilation projects produced by Paul Heck and John Carlinof the Red Hot Organization and Grammy winning producer Andres Levin (Music Has No Enemies) to be used as a fundraising tool for AIDS awareness efforts. The album, which takes inspiration from the late Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, was released by MCA on October 15, 2002 and featured more than three dozen artists on a score of tracks.
It is the fifth overall album in the series to focus chiefly on the work of a single composer or musician, following tributes honoring the works of Cole Porter (Red Hot + Blue), Antonio Carlos Jobim (Red Hot + Rio), George Gershwin (Red Hot + Rhapsody: The Gershwin Groove), and Duke Ellington (Red Hot + Indigo).