Topic: Fela’s Life

Happy 75th Birthday Fela Kuti | Watch Celeb Vlogs saluting Fela

Join us in celebrating what would have been Fela Kuti’s 75th Birthday today (October 15) with ‘Red Hot + Fela’ and a series of celebrity vlogs saluting the Afrobeat originator.

4 new videos will be added each day this week. Watch out for them!
Today we have CommonGeorge Clinton and Parliament FunkadelicMerrill Garbus (tune-yards) + Brian Eno

Watch HERE

Red Hot + Fela now available everywhere:

Red Hot + FELA Live! At Lincoln Center

Watch the full Red Hot + FELA Live! At Lincoln Center performance HERE

Featuring: Sahr Ngaujah(star of FELA! On Broadway), Tony Allen, Baloji, SinkaneAngelique KidjoDead Prez‘s M1, SBajah (of Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew), Rubblebucket’s Alex Toth,  Superhuman Happiness — which unites members of AntibalastUnE-yArDs, and Iron + Wine.

Red Hot + Fela Out NOW!!

Red Hot + Fela out now on Knitting Factory Records

Tune into Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Friday, October 11th to see My Morning Jacket, Merrill Garbus + Brittany Howard perform “Trouble Sleep Yange Wake Am”

Paul McCartney Talks Fela Kuti

Not too long ago Rich Medina proposed the idea of bringing two divinities together — Fela Kuti and The Beatles — resulting in the AfroBeatles music project. We’re not sure if Sir Paul is aware of the musical mashup, but we do now have a first hand account of what happens when two of history’s most important figures meet. In an EW video, Paul honors Fela’s 75th by sharing tales of what ensued when the Beatle touched down in Lagos. Highlights include Paul being accused of “coming to steal the black man’s music” by none other than the Black President himself, a visit to the Shrine, and Paul playing his favorite Fela riff (“Why Black Man Dey Suffer”). Watch the interview and check out these Fela x Beatles mashups at Okayafrica.