November’s album of the month will feature an extra special double bill of Fela Kuti with his albums ‘Zombie’ and ‘Gentleman’ with twelve events worldwide!
Throughout his life, Fela contended that AfroBeat was a modern form of danceable, African classical music with an urgent message for the planet’s denizens. Created out of a cross-breeding of Funk, Jazz, Salsa and Calypso with Juju, Highlife and African percussive patterns, it was to him a political weapon.
Fela refused to bow to the music industry’s preference for 3-minute tracks, nor did he buckle under entreaties to moderate his overwhelmingly political lyrics. He went down in 1997 still railing against the consumerist gimmicks that taint pop music, with the aim, he felt, of promoting and imposing homogeneous aesthetic standards worldwide, thereby inducing passivity.
The fact that AfroBeat is today globally winning hearts in its original form – lengthy, ably crafted, earthy compositions laced with explicitly political lyrics – suggests that Fela’s purgatory on earth may have served to awaken a sensibility in people to appreciate authenticity and substance.
Join us to hear this incredible music as never before on one of our world class audiophile soundsystems.
Time & Date: Sunday November 5th 16:00 – 19:00
Venue: Brilliant Corners, 470 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4AE
Tickets: £10 in advance here
Presenter: Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy
Audio Menu: Dynavector D17D3 MC Cartridge, Rega P9 Turntable, Rega IOS Phono Stage Audio Note Jinro Integrated Amp, Chord Signature Speaker Cable, Chord Signature Tuned Aray interconnects, ISOL-8 Substation Integra Power Conditioner and Klipschorn Loudspeakers
New York City
Date and Time: Sunday November 19th 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Venue: Magick City, 37 Box Street, Brooklyn NY 11222
Tickets: $10 in advance here
Presenters: Paul Raffaele and Barbie Bertisch (Love Injection Magazine)
Audio Menu: Rega Exact MM Cartridge, Rega P9 Turntable, Audio Note UK pre-amplification and power amplification, AudioQuest Interconnects and cabling, Klipschorn Loudspeakers, Klipsch SW-115 Subwoofers
Date and Time: Sunday 19th November 2017 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: Sweat Records, 5505 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
Tickets: $6 in advance soon
Presenter: Lauren Reskin – Sweat Records
Audio Menu: Audio Note T1 Turntable, Audio Note 1Q1 cartridge, Audio Note M2 Phono Preamplifier, Audio Note Conqueror SET Amplifier, Deja Vu Audio Custom Genoa Vintage Speakers, Audio Note Lexus Cables
Date and Time: Sunday November 12th, 5 to 8 pm
Venue: The World Bar
Tickets: $15 at the door or in advance soon students/seniors half price soon
Presenters: Jim Poe (Bondi Beach Radio)
Date: Sunday November 19th 2 – 5pm
Venue: Doka, Wibautstraat 150 (basement Volkshotel)
Tickets: €10 in advance here, more on the door.
Presenter: Femke Dekker
Audio Menu: Acoustic Signature Challenger Mk3 turntable, Acoustic Signature TA-1000 tonearm, Ortofon SPU Royal N MC cartridge, Air Tight 300B amplifier, Avantgarde Acoustic Duo XD loudspeakers in Pearl White, Furutech cables and power conditioning
Date and Time: November 26th, 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Venue: Cherry Red’s Cafe Bar, 88-92 John Bright St, Birmingham B1 1BN
Tickets: £5 in advance here
Presenter: Chris Watkiss and Raj Jassal with special guest Lekan Babalola (Fela Kuti political protege)
Audio Menu: Turntable: J.Sikora – Initial, Turntable Arm: Kuzma – Stogi S12, 12 inch tonearm, Cartridge: Audio Technica – ART 9 Moving Coil, Speakers: hORNS – Mummy, Mono Block Amplifiers: Ming Da Dynasty – Cavatina, Pre-Amplifier: Audio Detail – Chela- 4, Phonostage: Audio Detail – NV-08 Navistar, Mains Conditioner: Gigawatt PC–3 EVO , Speaker Cables: Skogrand – Tchaikovsky, Interconnects: Albedo Solid ,Mains Cables: KBL & Albedo.
Date and Time: Sunday 19th November 2017 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Venue: Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe, 2477 18th St NW, Washington DC 20009
Tickets: $5 in advance here
Presenter: Joe Lapan and Tosin
Audio Menu provided by Audioism.
REGA Planar 3 turntable with Elys MM Cartridge, REGA Fono MM Phono Preamp, Audioism MicroZOTL Preamp (David Berning Design), Audioism Venue-Class Playback System, Xcilica HD System Processor, Audioism ZOTL Amplifiers (David Berning Design), Class AB Hybrid Amplification for Subs, WyWires Audio Interconnects
Date: Sunday November 26th, 8pm to 11pm
Venue: Desiderata Fukuoka 1-15-3, 3F Imaizumi Chuo-ku Fukuoka 810-0014 Japan
Tickets: ¥1,000 – email: email@example.com
Presenter: Masuo (Lighthouse Records founder / CAS Fukuoka) & Wataru Sato
Date and Time: Sunday November 12th 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Venue: Kulturhuset LAB
Tickets: 60/120NOK online here
Presenters: Kent Horne with Dele Sosimi, former bandleader of Fela’s Egypt’80
Audio Menu installed by Duet Audio: Cartridge: Dynavector XX2 MK2, Turntable: Dr. Feickert Blackbird, Tone arm: Jelco750 LB 12″, Preamp: 4 x Monoblocks Auralic Merak 2x800W, Integrated Amp with phono stage: Ayon Auris, Loudspeakers: Piega Classic 80.2, Interconnects: Midas Reference Silje, Speaker Cable: Midas Reference Silje, Power Conditioner: Isol-8.
Time & Date: Sunday November 26th 2pm – 4pm
Venue: Kunsthall Stavanger, Madlaveien 33, 4009 Stavanger, Norway
Tickets: 50 Nok in advance here
Presenter: Tarjei Nygård
Audio Menu supplied by Spaceworld Soundgarden
Turntable – Electrocompaniet Ecg-1 Platespiller – Sort, Pre-Amp – Electrocompany Ecp2 Riaa, Amp – Electrocompany EC4.8 Preamplifier, Mono Block – Electrocompany AW600 Nemo Monoblock, Loudspeakers – Electrocompaniet The Nordic Tone Model 1 Gulvstående Høyttaler
Date and Time: Sunday November 19th 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Venue: Local Relic, 320 S Weber St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA
Tickets: $5 in advance here
Presenter: Chris O’Shea
Audio Menu supplied by The Music Room Colorado:
Speakers: YG Acoustics Carmel 2, Turntable: Rega Planar 3 TT, Preamplifier: Croft Acoustics Micro 25 Amplifier: Rega Maia 3, Cables; Analysis Plus and The Chord Company.
Date & Time: Sunday November 26th
3.30pm open, 4pm talk, 5pm listening session, 8pm end
Venue: Muting the Noise GmbH Blücherstraße 22, 10961 Berlin
Tickets: 5 € in advance here, 7 € on the door
Presenter: Christine Kakaire and Florian Sievers
Audio menu: Klipschorn speakers, Klipsch R-115SW subwoofer, Sovereign Glory amplifier, Technics Direct Drive Turntable System SL-1200G, Nagaoka DJ Grado cartridge