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The 17 Best Fela Kuti Quotes

The inventor of Afrobeat has a life story that is unimaginable. He rose to fame in Nigeria only to be harassed and harmed by the government for his subversive songs. His mother was killed at the hands of the military. Unimaginable. Yet, his family continues to thrive in music despite...
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More Excellence: Snoop Dogg, Fela Kuti, Berry Gordy Honored at Atlanta’s Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame

In June 2021, the Black American Music Association and the Georgia Entertainment Caucus unveiled the Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame for the first time — an inaugural effort to celebrate key figures in American music in one of the country’s cultural capitals. The new Atlanta landmark is growing, and on February 17, a new group of 15 acts earned their Crown Jewels, or plaques on a walkway adjacent to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Donald Lawrence, Yolanda Adams, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Snoop Dogg, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Cicely Tyson, Berry Gordy, Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson, Lionel Richie, and Tyler Perry. The inductees also included late global artists Fela Kuti and Bob Marley. At the celebration brunch following the outdoor induction ceremony, Pastor Wilbur Purvis said a prayer for entertainers and audiences: “We thank you for the gift of music. Music gives soul to the universe and life to everything,” he said. “We pray for the poets and playwrights and producers who remind us that we all have a story.”
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Fela Kuti | Box Set #5 | Fela Kuti

Lagos was the scene of some of Fela Kuti’s worst nightmares; where, in the 70s and 80s, he was badly beaten and jailed multiple times by a brutally authoritarian Nigerian military government intent on silencing his dissent. Today, though, the city is at peace with the legendary founding father of Afrobeat, whom it now venerates; his former home at Kalakuta, once besieged and destroyed by a thousand troops, has now been transformed into a museum while a concert venue called The New Africa Shrine holds the annual Felabration music festival and was built to honour his name. Outside Africa, Fela’s fame has also spread exponentially since his death in 1997, thanks to everyone from Beyoncé to Coldplay sampling his music and of course, the successful off-Broadway musical, Fela!, co-produced by Jay-Z and Will Smith.
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Reissues Round-up: David Bowie, Radiohead, Joni Mitchell, Fela Kuti

It’s never ending, this reissue/ compilation lark. Every time it looks like it’s going to be a calmer month, along comes an expanded anniversary this and repressed boxes that. Not complaining though, and to be honest though, it is November and everyone is at it and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
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Fela Kuti vinyl reissue box set curated by Coldplay’s Chris Martin announced

A Fela Kuti vinyl reissue box set curated by Coldplay‘s Chris Martin and the late afrobeat pioneer’s son Femi Kuti has been announced. ‘Vinyl Box #5’ will feature seven of the late singer’s albums including ‘Why Black Man Dey Suffer’, ‘Noise For Vendor Mouth’, ‘Excuse O’, ‘Kalakuta Show’, ‘Ikoyi Blindness’, ‘Original Sufferhead’ and ‘Overtake Don Overtake Overtake’.
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All Day Breakfast Cafe’s funky Afrobeat single ‘What If Nile Rodgers And Fela Kuti Were Friends’

London all-female band All Day Breakfast Cafe present their incredible 8-minute piece. This composition, dedicated to two legendary music innovators, blends influences of funk and Afrobeat, the ‘70s vibe, and contemporary presets. The nimble rhythms move from the Khruangbin-esque groove to dancey bass loops under the disco ball glow, meeting...
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Tina Turner, Fela Kuti, Go-Go’s Top Final Rock Hall Fan Ballot

This year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame fan voting concluded late last night, and appropriately, the “Queen of Rock ’n’ Roll” Tina Turner emerged victorious. Turner led the fan vote with more than 585,000 ballots. Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti secured the runner-up position with more than 545,000 votes. Rounding out the top five were new wave chart-toppers the Go-Go’s, heavy metal titans Iron Maiden and alt-rock stalwarts Foo Fighters.
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Tina Turner, Fela Kuti, Go-Go’s Top Final Rock Hall Fan Ballot

This year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame fan voting concluded late last night, and appropriately, the “Queen of Rock ’n’ Roll” Tina Turner emerged victorious. Turner led the fan vote with more than 585,000 ballots. Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti secured the runner-up position with more than 545,000 votes. Rounding out the top five were new wave chart-toppers the Go-Go’s, heavy metal titans Iron Maiden and alt-rock stalwarts Foo Fighters.
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