Fehler Kuti

Electronica
© Gerald v. Foris.
© Gerald v. Foris.

The newest project from the Weilheim surroundings of the band The Notwist emerges under a name that will get music connoisseurs scratching their heads: Fehler Kuti (Error Kuti). Isn’t it a bit odd to parody the name of the legendary Nigerian afro-beat musician Fela Kuti? However, in Julian Warner’s project, the creative power of the error is actually reflective of the musical manifesto: the synthesizers whirr, the beats buzz and throb. Someone with a passion for experimentation has clearly been borrowing Markus and Micha Acher’s fleet of synthesizers. The debut album of the “singing cultural anthropologist” (to quote Julian Warner himself) Fehler Kuti is called Schland is the place for me, and features addictive rhythms and krauty keyboards. And when Warner sings about “interracial love”, there is a monotone quality reminiscent of the avant-space-jazz of the great Sun Ra.