Topic: Fela’s Life

Fela! Band performing at Sundance Film Festival

Fela! Band Will Bring Afrobeat to Sundance Film Festival for 3 very special performances in celebration of the world premiere of Finding Fela.

The band, featuring lead singer Sahr Ngaujah and musicians associated with the musical “Fela!,” will performance at the film’s premiere party on Jan. 17 at the Sundance Channel House, Jan. 18 at the Sundance Music Cafe hosted by KCRW  and Jan. 19 at the Sundance House as part of The Sundance Institute’s Film Music Program’s Celebration of Music in Film.

Full story via Billboard

Nigerian Guardian Offers Insight Into Fela’s Early Work

“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.

Red Hot + Fela Tune Makes KCRW’s Best Covers of 2013 List.

“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.

London Felabrates at 229!

“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.

Once persecuted Nigerian singer Fela Kuti’s star rises (Al Jazeera America)

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