DJ Adam Gibbons Shares Playlist of Favorite Fela Kuti Songs

Uhuru Afrika NYC 12-12-14 at Meridian 23 Photo Credit: ©2014 Power Quevedo

We’re excited to share a playlist from DJ Adam Gibbons of Uhuru Afrika! It is the latest installment in our ongoing playlist series giving tribute to Fela Kuti.

Working in the industry for over 20 years, Adam Gibbons strives to share his passion for music with the crowds he plays for and in the events and music that he produces. Specializing in an Afro and Latin dance floor sound, his ability to blend traditional African and Latin rhythms with modern electronic influenced music creating a soundscape that is his own. Gibbons has visited seven African nations, gathering inspiration. He has studied African hand percussion with Bob Bloom, Faculty Advisor at the Olatunji Institute, learning the Olatunji method of traditional Yoruba percussion, as well as Malian Manding tradition with Sidy Maiga. He has played in clubs and festivals all over the world, sharing the stage with heavyweight and grammy winning artists such as Femi Kuti (3x), Bebel Gilberto, Oumou Sangaré, Tony Allen, Antibalas, Bill Laswell, Triloc Gurtu, Shiela E, Osunlade, Thievery Corporation, King Britt, Black Coffee, Ron Trent, Jazzanova, Quantic, Rich Medina, and so many more. His current project Uhuru Afrika is known globally and hosts monthly events in both Boston and NYC.

On his relationship with Fela’s music, Gibbons said:

I found Fela Kuti when I was a teenager just starting to broaden my musical spectrum. I had been an avid bebop fan for quite some time when I started to explore deeper and discover the African roots of Jazz through albums like Pharaoh Sanders’ Thembe. The first album that I heard of Fela’s was Expensive Shit. This album changed my whole perspective on music. I had never heard anything like it but it instantly resonated with me on a very deep level. I was blown away and like a kid in a candy store, I dove in. I only hoped he had at least two or three albums… but there were dozens of them! At the time, I had no understanding of who Fela was, what his experience was like, what his struggle was about or what he was fighting/singing/protesting for. I did know that I felt this music was powerful in a way that I had never experienced music to be powerful.

For more on DJ Adam Gibbons, visit his Facebook and SoundCloud. Listen to his latest single here and latest remixes here & here.

For more on Uhuru Afrika, visit their Facebook and SoundCloud, where you’ll find their latest DJ mixes.