Topic: Fela’s Life

Femi Kuti & Seun Kuti Perform Together

Femi Kuti interviewed by CNN

Nigeriana activist + musician Femi Kuti spoke to Christiane Amanpour about his country’s presidential election and the legacy of his father, the legendary Fela Kuti.

Watch the entire interview HERE

Cine Vue gives 'Finding Fela' 4 Stars!

Cine Vue gives ‘Finding Fela’ 4 Stars!

“Whilst drumming up support for his new Broadway musical, FELA!, producer Stephen Hendel described Nigerian Afrobeat exponent Fela Kuti as “without question one of the great composers and musicians and activists of the second half of the 20th century.” It sounds like a bold claim on first consideration, but becomes all the harder to dismiss after soaking in the sights and sounds of prolific documentarian Alex Gibney’s Finding Fela (2014). A soulful ‘Felabration’ of the magnetic Kuti, archive footage of the snake-hipped lothario is here interspersed with a live recording of the hugely successful FELA!, the first Broadway show to ever make the journey from New York to the bustling Nigerian capital city of Lagos.”
-Read the full review HERE

Finding Fela is now available on demand and on iTunes:

International AIDS Day – Red Hot + Fela

Last year we released Red Hot + Fela in collaboration with the Red Hot Organization.

Red Hot is an AIDS awareness organization currently partnering with cross-genre collaborators representing rock, hip-hop, Americana, and classical for this release of Fela Kuti compositions, Red Hot + Fela(Knitting Factory Records). The release includes classic Fela anthems like “Lady” recorded by tUnE-yArDs, Questlove, Angelique Kidjo, and Akua Naru, “Zombie” recorded by Spoek Mathambo, Cerebral Cortex, and Frown, and “Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am” recorded by My Morning Jacket, Merrill Garbus (from tUnE-yArDs), and Brittany Howard (from Alabama Shakes) and “Sorrow, Tears & Blood” reworked by the Kronos Quartet along with TV On The Radios’ Kyp Malone and Tune Adembimpe.

The partnership between KFR and Red Hot is particularly relevant to Fela Kuti, given that he died of an AIDS-related illness himself. To date, Red Hot has released 18 albums and produced several concert and film series to raise money and awareness to fight AIDs around the world. They have partnered with countless local, national, and international AIDS organizations, all of whom have benefited from releases like Red Hot + Fela. Red Hot + FELA LIVE! is produced with Anthony Demby and Paul Heck for the Red Hot Organization

Watch My Morning Jacket, Merrill Garbus, & Brittany Howard perform “Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am” on Fallon

Purchase Red Hot + Fela HERE

We Stand Strong with Ferguson & Michael Brown

Outrage & protests after grand jury decides not to indict the police officer who shot Michael Brown.
We stand strong with Ferguson and his family.

“Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction. Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference.” – Brown Family

Follow the full story over at NY Times

Killer Mike + more react to verdict

Listen to “Zombie” – Fela Kuti

“Zombie” Lyrics:

Zombie o, zombie (Zombie o, zombie)
Zombie o, zombie (Zombie o, zombie)

Zombie no go go, unless you tell am to go (Zombie)
Zombie no go stop, unless you tell am to stop (Zombie)
Zombie no go turn, unless you tell am to turn (Zombie)
Zombie no go think, unless you tell am to think (Zombie)

Tell am to go straight
A joro, jara, joro
No break, no job, no sense
A joro, jara, joro
Tell am to go kill
A joro, jara, joro
No break, no job, no sense
A joro, jara, joro
Tell am to go quench
A joro, jara, joro
No break, no job, no sense
A joro, jara, joro

Go and kill! (Joro, jaro, joro)
Go and die! (Joro, jaro, joro)
Go and quench! (Joro, jaro, joro)
Put am for reverse! (Joro, jaro, joro)

Joro, jara, joro, zombie wey na one way
Joro, jara, joro, zombie wey na one way
Joro, jara, joro, zombie wey na one way

Joro, jara, joro

Attention! (Zombie)
Quick march!
Slow march! (Zombie)
Left turn!
Right turn! (Zombie)
About turn!
Double up! (Zombie)
Open your hat! (Zombie)
Stand at ease!
Fall in! (Zombie)
Fall out!
Fall down! (Zombie)
Get ready!




Video || See footage from the Lagos, Nigeria premiere of ‘Finding Fela’

The African Premiere of Finding Fela at the New Afrika Shrine, Lagos on Sunday October 12th

Alex Gibney’s Finding Fela (2014) is a sweeping portrait of the artist as guerilla warrior. Set to the insistent groove of Nigerian superstar Fela Kuti’s revolutionary Afrobeat sound, the remarkable story of one man’s courageous stand against a corrupt and dictatorial government gives testament to the transformative power of music as a force of social and political unification.

Finding Fela screening across Nigeria!

Finding Fela is now screening all across Nigeria!

FINDING FELA: 14:00, 21:10.

FINDING FELA: 13:45, 18:40

FINDING FELA: 15:30, 17:50, 20:10.

FINDING FELA: 14:40, 21:00

FINDING FELA: 18:30, 11:45, 16:20.

FINDING FELA: 15:55, 18:05, 20:15

FINDING FELA: 12:25, 18:40

FINDING FELA: 11:45, 18:30


KADA CINEMAS BENIN: 13:30, 16:00, 19:00

Finding Fela now screening in Nigeria!

Finding Fela had it’s premire in Nigeria during the start of Felabration 2014 at the New Afrika Shrine on October 12th as  as the part of the activities to kick off the 2014 Felabration  (which will run from October 12 to 19)

More info HERE

Pitchfork gives Fela Kuti Box #3 curated by Brian Eno rave reviews!

Pitchfork gives Fela Kuti Box Set #3 curated by Brian Eno an 8.6!

Limited to 2000 copies. Order now!

“A few years later, in 1977, Eno played Afrodisiac for Talking Heads frontman David Byrne. Eventually he would collaborate with the band on its album Remain in Light, a record that drew heavy inspiration from African music. Amid the bonus tracks included on the Talking Heads’ Brick boxed set, there’s an unfinished outtake called “Fela’s Riff”. The introductory phrase of the track–which is really not much more than a half realized jam session–subtly mimic the ping-ponging brass figures of Kuti’s composition, “Alu Jon Jonki Jon”, the opening track on Afrodisiac. All this is to say: Brian Eno was, and is, a big Fela Kuti fan.” -Pitchfork