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Fela Kuti MFM Zoom Roundtable Discussion Set For April 19, 2024

Fela Kuti MFM Zoom Roundtable Discussion Set For April 19, 2024

MFM Presents “Music Is Essential," a Zoom Roundtable Discussion on the Legacy and Impact of Fela Kuti’s Music and Activism on the African Continent, with Special guests who knew or worked with the godfather of Afrobeat. Date: Friday, April 19, 2024—Time: 4:00-5:30 p.m. ET Venue: ZOOM—Ticket: $5 (up to 100 for sale. Save your seat ...


Original Sufferhead

Label: Partisan / Knitting Factory
Released: 2021
Track listing: Original Sufferhead; Power Show.


Article: Liner Notes

Fela Anikulapo Kuti: Original Sufferhead

Read "Fela Anikulapo Kuti: Original Sufferhead" reviewed by Chris May

Original Sufferhead was the first album Fela released under Egypt 80's name, having disbanded Afrika 70 in 1979; the only musician held over was baritone saxophonist Lekan Animashaun, who had been with Fela since 1965 and who took over from the departing Tony Allen as bandleader. The album was recorded in early 1981, ...


Article: Profile

Fela Kuti: King Grenade

Read "Fela Kuti: King Grenade" reviewed by Mick Raubenheimer

His Dark Majestic. Fela Kuti was born royalty, despite coming from a middle class family. One of those gifted spirits whose very presence teems with potency, Olufela Olusegun Oludan Ransome-Kuti (Fela to his friends and fans) was majestic, arresting the attention or desire of all who encountered him. He was also a rousing rebel, ...

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Fela Kuti


Fela Kuti was one of Africa's most controversial musicians and throughout his life he continued to fight for the rights of the common man (and woman) despite vilification, harassment, and even imprisonment by the government of Nigeria.

Born to Yoruban parents, Kuti was strongly influenced by both parents, his mother being Funmilayo, a leading figure in the nationalist struggle. Practically all of his records are dominated by political events and discussions from the approach of Pan- Africanism.

In 1954, Kuti joined the Cool Cats as a singer in that highlife band (highlife being the rage of the Lagos music scene at the time). During this period Kuti developed his own unusual sound which he described as highlife-jazz. In 1968 Kuti announced the arrival of Afro-beat, within the year was promoting his sound all over the USA on a 10- month tour where he became influenced by American jazz. He did some recordings in that came to be known as the “'69 Los Angeles Sessions,” that were remarkable, an indication of a maturing sound and of the raucous, propulsive music that was to mark Fela's career. When he returned to his homeland he opened a nightclub, the Shrine, and changed the name of his band to Africa 70 (and later to Egypt 80).


Article: Book Review

Tony Allen: An Autobiography Of The Master Drummer Of Afrobeat

Read "Tony Allen: An Autobiography Of The Master Drummer Of Afrobeat" reviewed by Chris Becker

Tony Allen: An Autobiography Of The Master Drummer Of Afrobeat Michael Veal ISBN: 978-0-8223-5591-5 Duke University Press 2013 First of all, drummers are going to love this book. With so few autobiographies of drummers in print, the publication of Tony Allen: An Autobiography of the Master Drummer of ...


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FELA! comes to Chicago

FELA! comes to Chicago

The award-winning Broadway musical FELA! – which is bringing the life and music of Nigerian icon and Afrobeat originator Fela Anikulapo-Kuti to the world stage - will play Chicago’s Arie Crown Theater February 19 – 23. An all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza in the best Broadway tradition, in other respects FELA! transcends musical theater convention. Escapism is replaced ...

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Fela NYC: Fresh From Africa at British Film Institute

Fela NYC: Fresh From Africa at British Film Institute

New Nigerian Cinema and African Odsseys are screening Fela NYC: Fresh From Africa at the British Film Institute on London's Southbank at 2pm on Saturday 18 August. The 90-minute Fela Kuti documentary, directed by Edward Jaheed Ashley, is a mixture of interview, reportage and performance footage, shot in New York in 1986. All About Jazz's Chris ...


Article: Afrobeat Diaries

Part 13 - The Complete Works of Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Read "Part 13 - The Complete Works of Fela Anikulapo Kuti" reviewed by Freddy Charles

Fela Anikulapo KutiThe Complete Works Of Fela Anikulapo KutiWrasse Records2010 Who knew? Who imagined, even a few years ago, that the life and music of Fela Anikulapo Kuti would inspire the biggest Broadway musical sensation of 2010 and the concurrent release of this lovingly put together, definitive ...


Article: Afrobeat Diaries

Part 12 - Fela Anikulapo Kuti: Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense

Read "Part 12 - Fela Anikulapo Kuti: Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense" reviewed by Chris May

Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80Teacher Don't Teach Me NonsenseWrasse Records2001 (1986) During the latter half of the 1980s, Fela Anikulapo Kuti's international star waned a little, as Congolese rumba and Malian desert blues became the new world music flavors of the moment. And in 2010, even ...


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