As part of our ongoing artist playlist series giving tribute to the legacy of Fela Kuti, Talib Kweli shares with us his favorite Fela Kuti songs. After nearly 20 years of releasing mesmerizing music, Talib Kweli stands as one of the world’s most talented and most accomplished rappers. The Brooklyn-based rapper earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years. He shares with us his thoughts on Fela Kuti, the music and the message:
“Fela Kuti shows us that the music of the oppressed must always be connected to the struggle. It is never made just for the sake of making something beautiful, it has purpose that goes far beyond entertainment. Fela taught us how to be exactly who we are and to be unapologetic about it.”
We hope you enjoy and follow our series and the music created by Talib Kweli!