Tune-Yards, Questlove honour Fela Kuti for AIDS charity LP

By | Published on Wednesday 6 June 2012


Merill Garbus of Tune-Yards has collaborated with afrobeat artist Angelique Kidjo, rapper Akua Naru and The Roots’ Questlove on a cover of Fela Kuti classic ‘Lady’ as part of a project to support an AIDS charity.

Garbus says: “I wanted to reclaim ‘Lady’ for women in the world today, particularly African women, who will have an important role in ending the AIDS epidemic there. I was so happy to have the powerful Angelique Kidjo pour her soul into it, and then rapper Akua Naru wrote a raw, intense verse that perfectly extended and completed our version of the song”.

The track appears on ‘(RED) Hot + FELA’, a forthcoming Kuti tribute LP compiled to raise proceeds for AIDS/HIV charity the (RED) Foundation.

‘Lady’ is also out now as a single, released as part of (RED)’s 10-day ‘(RED) Rush To Zero’ campaign which is ongoing until 10 Jun. Find out about it at