Rich Medina is Globetrotter family - and one of the finest crate digging, music selecting, culture investigating MCs this planet has seen. He's brought his beautiful, Fela Kuti tribute Jump 'n' Funk parties to South Africa, Europe and Asia - and he graced us with his presence in Jakarta not so long ago.
Lucky for you little ones, Rich has a new collab with BBE Records - due out end of May- also called "Jump 'n' Funk." It's a compilation tribute to the great Fela himself. You'll catch tracks and influence from Fela's closest friends and fam, his brilliant drummer Tony Allen, Wale Oyejide, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Atjazz and more. In Rich's words:
‘Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s music is one of the last bastions of in-your-face, aggressive, anti-government vocabulary in music..so, to be a black man who considers himself educated and cosmopolitan, that functions in the arts, I feel like I owe it to my peers, my fans and my friends, to represent what that means and to represent that voice! I didn’t want Jump ‘n’ Funk to be Fela-centric, consisting purely of pre-1980 classics. I wanted to open up the pallette. This music has reached across generations, races, languages and continents. It has created a community of people trying to make a living while engaging with a difficult agenda.’
Snatch your copy here before they go.
And FYI - Rich's influence knows no bounds. He'll be teaching a summer class at his Ivy-League alma mater Cornell this year (he serves as an advisory board member for the unparalleled Cornell Hip Hop Collection). More info here for those of you lucky enough to be in the area from July 10-16th - the course is open to all. Snatch your spot there too, and don't say we didn't warn you