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Ezra Collective Releases New Version Of Fela Kuti’s “Lady”

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After a storming 2022, Ezra Collective begin the new year in style by releasing their reinterpretation of Fela Kuti track, “Lady”. The six minute Afrobeat roller closely follows Ezra Collective’s widely acclaimed new album, Where I’m Meant To Be, released in November on Partisan Records. Available digitally “Lady” will also be released physically this Friday (13th January) on yellow, 7” vinyl alongside a forthcoming 50th Anniversary reissue of Fela Kuti’s Shakara album. The 7” also includes a second, equally special Ezra Collective reinterpretation of the LP’s title track, Shakara.

“When I was a child my Dad had a collection of Fela Kuti CDs he would play in the car; at the time I didn’t know who what it was, but I always knew it was my favourite music to listen to”, explains Ezra Collective’s bandleader and drummer, Femi Koleoso. “Fast forward two decades and nothing’s changed – Fela remains my musical hero and a foundational inspiration for Ezra Collective. From our very first gig we’ve been playing tribute to his music. To now be able to celebrate his legacy on a vinyl is a dream come true. Thank you to Kinetika Bloco for being a part of the horn section. The original remains unbeatable, but I hope this remix makes you dance as well.”

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“Lady” follows as incredible few months for Ezra Collective that saw Where I’m Meant To Be reach #24 on the Official UK Albums Chart, the band play three celebratory back-to-back sold out shows at Ronnie Scott’s in London, perform live on Jonathan Ross’s New Year’s Eve show on ITV, and announce their biggest tour yet culminating in an already sold out hometown finale at Brixton Academy.

Check out “Lady” above, see tour details below and stay tuned for more from Ezra Collective coming soon.

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Upcoming Live Dates

02/01/2023 – Madrid, ES @ Lula Club

02/02/2023 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz 2

02/04/2023 – Lyon, FR @ L’Epicerie Moderne

02/05/2023 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique

02/06/2023 – Cologne, DE @ Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld

02/08/2023 – Hamburg, DE @ Uebel & Gefährlich

02/09/2023 – Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuset

02/10/2023 – Berlin, DE @ Metropol

02/12/2023 – Lille, FR @ Aeronef

02/14/2023 – Paris, FR @ Le Trabendo

02/15/2023 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso

02/18/2023 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy

02/19/2023 – Glasgow, UK @ SWG3

02/21/2023 – Dublin, IE @ Opium Rooms

02/23/2023 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall

02/24/2023 – London, UK @ O2 Brixton Academy

03/27/2023 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room

03/28/2023 – Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club

03/31/2023 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Dakota

04/02/2023 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

04/03/2023 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern

04/05/2023 – Montréal, QC @ Studio TD

04/06/2023 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair

04/07/2023 – New York City, NY @ The Blue Note

04/08/2023 – New York City, NY @ The Blue Note

04/09/2023 – New York City, NY @ The Blue Note