Felabration Ghana kicked off with Ebo Taylor leading the official Felabration event at The Alliance Francaise in Accra. Graphic Online reporter Edward Agyemang-Duah reports:
Veteran guitarist,composer and arranger, Ebo Taylor, who generated the idea to celebrate the famous Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre and political activist here in Ghana, led the Ghana event and shed some light on Fela’s music and its impact across the world.
Gyedu Blay Ambolley, Kyekyeku, Villy & the Xtreme Volumes and Yaa Yaa Kankam performed their own songs and tributes to Fela, aside from Ebo Taylor.
An exhibition of posters, titled Buy Africa, put together by Joseph Oduro-Frimpong of Ashesi University, which opened on the night and ended on November 8, highlighted the legacy of Fela’s music. The aim was to call attention to aspects of Fela’s life and music worth emulating. That is, to boldly name and shame our political leaders and their cronies whose corrupt practices rob ordinary citizens of decent lives?
Created by Yeni Anikulapo Kuti in honour of her father and Afrobeat creator in 1998, Felaboration is one of the biggest cultural gatherings on the continent and beyond. It is recognised in respected music circles globally that Fela Kuti was inspired by the Ghanaian highlife in the creation of Afrobeat.
According to Alliance Francaise, the Accra event is endorsed by the Felabration Organising Committee (FOC) in Lagos, Nigeria.”
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