The annual celebration of Fela’s life, legacy, and music is upon us! Are you ready? Everybody say Yeah Yeah! Felabrate with us and listen to two newly curated playlists from Africa Hi-Fi and Duke Amayo (Antibalas)!
Described by CNN as the “Father of Afrobeat,” Fela Anikulapo Kuti was born on October 15, 1938. In the 1960s, he created the Afrobeat genre and popularised this throughout the continent by uniquely combining funk, jazz, salsa, calypso and a blend of traditional Nigerian beats. In 1979, he formed his own political, Movement of the People and ran for president of Nigeria twice. He was a renowned political activist and was recognised internationally by Amnesty International and the United Nations. When Fela passed in 1997, his funeral was attended by over a million people, the highest number of attendees recorded at a funeral of this nature in Africa, only surpassed by Nelson Mandela’s funeral.
Join us in celebrating Fela’s life at Felabrations around the globe! Visit Felabration.net for a full list of performers and activities taking place in Lagos from now through October 16, and check below for a city near you!!
Oct 7 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom – DETAILS
Presented by AGMP Concerts, Knitting Factory Records and OkayAfrica. Featuring performances by the Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra and very special guests—including MC Afrikan Boy, Terri Walker, Tiggs Da Author, YolanDa Brown and more surprise guests! Use code FELALONDON2016 for HALF-PRICE TICKETS!
Oct 8 – Chicago, IL – The Promontory – DETAILS
Presented by AFRICA HI-FI, The Silver Room, and OkayAfrica. Featuring music by Ron Trent (MUSICANDPOWER), Timmy Regisford, DJ Duane Powell, and a live dance performance by Ayodele!
Oct 9 – Chicago, IL – The Promontory – DETAILS
All day event featuring DJ Dr. McCoy, King Wasiu (KWAMI), Ubi Soulstar, Joe Kollege, DJ Money Bull, DJ Tyn Man
Oct 14 – Brooklyn, NY – The Hall @ MP – DETAILS
CEG Presents For Ever Lives Afrobeat! Featuring Syncro System, Official New Wave, Dat Funk, Olayinka, Eli Fola III, DJ YB
Oct 14 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge – DETAILS
with AMAYO’S FU-ARKIST-RA (members of Antibalas), Fela! Dancers, Holy Forest & Laolu!
Oct 15 – New York, NY – New Nublu – DETAILS
Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality Afrobeat Massive featuring Amayo (Antibalas, Fu-Arkist-Ra)!
Oct 15-22 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Festival de Afrobeat Independiente – DETAILS
Featuring Don Genaro Afrobeat, El Gran Capitán, Antropofónica, La vuelta a Fela, Metaiponga y La Chicharra Afrobeat, Guanabana Afrobeat Orquesta y Minga Ensamble, and more!