“Sample the opinions of Nigerians randomly — for the purpose of finding out why they think Fela was a great musician; and they would immediately mention the potency of Fela’s messages — some of which continue to speak to our situations today in terms of coming to pass.”
“The intellectuals in our midst would take the realisation a step further by situating this preference within the perspective of a pan-African ideology. Still, others like the University Professors would anchor the icon’s musical success on radicalism – as if this in any way has some connection with musicianship…” – The (Nigerian) Guardian
Continue reading at the Nigerian Guardian.
“His car stereo often plays the soundtrack from “Fela!,” the Broadway musical about a Nigerian composer, which Mr. de Blasio saw with his family several years ago and repeatedly recommended to staff members.” –NY Times
“In the second installment of tributes to the legendary Afrobeat master Fela Kuti, the Red Hot Organization reveals Fela’s material with a bit more of an unconventional & idiosyncratic approach. Members of Kronos Quartet, TV On the Radio & Antibalas present a string-driven, slow-burning & strangely beautiful take on one of Fela’s angriest anthems, keeping the tension and potency intact.” – KCRW Music Blog
See what else made the list here.
“Perhaps it was the giant mirror-ball hanging from the ceiling. Or maybe it was the audience-wide conga line that started during [Fela’s original keyboardist] Sosimi’s new single ‘T.M.I.’, just before the band launched into the spindly groove of ‘Turbulent Times.’ Either way, this was a disco freed from any adolescent awkwardness; a joyously un-self-conscious celebration of the life and music of Nigeria’s most celebrated musician.”
Read more about the UK’s belated 75th birthday celebration for Nigeria’s favourite son over at Think Africa Press.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Fela! Musical band at Knitting Factory Brooklyn.
Tickets available here: http://bk.knittingfactory.com/event/?id=3925804
Complimentary champagne toast at midnight!
Cast your vote HERE for NPR Album of the Year!
Let’s make Red Hot + Fela #1!!
Chance The Rapper, who features on the Red Hot + Fela compilation has just been named as one of the BBC Sound of 2014’s longlisters (past winners include Haim, Adele and Ellie Goulding). Check out the rest of the list here and have a listen to Chance taking a verse on Fela’s classic “Gentleman“.
Felabration music festival is a global event — and for many in Nigeria, it represents redemption
Al Jazeera America covers the Felabration at The Shrine celebrating Fela Kuti’s life.
“Says Toby Okunade, a student working at the Felabration: “Fela sang about ‘Suffer, Suffer,’ and Africa is still suffering 20 years on. We want the world to listen to Fela. He taught us to think and speak for ourselves without violence and guns.”
Read the full article HERE
Come celebrate The New Year with the famed Fela! Band at The Knitting Factory Brooklyn.
Music from the award winning and critically acclaimed Fela! The Musical band, a midnight toast and special guests will usher in 2014 with style.
Tickets on sale at bk.knittingfactory.com Friday at 10am.
The great revolutionary has not died, he will live forever with all of our ancestors, more powerful than ever.