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Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Representing Fela

Last week The New York Times published an odd piece of writing by one its theater “critics”, Charles Isherwood about the Broadway show “Fela!” about the life of the Afrobeat king.  Isherwood ccused the show of “tilting” towards minstrelsy aimed at white audiences (basically, is Isherwood implying that Bill T Jones promotes blackface?), that the

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

The Black President’s Son

This is a clip from an excellent PBS report by journalist Marco Werman who traveled to Lagos, Nigeria, where talk to Fela Kuti’s son, Seun. Watch the full program here.

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Nneka’s Identity

Interview with Nigerian singer, Nneka, about her new album (the cover of which is striking) by my friend, Siddhartha Mitter, in “The Boston Globe” this weekend.

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Music Break / Pax Nicholas

Daptone Records

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

THE MAN BEHIND FELA KUTI’S ALBUM ART

A profile of Lemi Ghariokwu

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Femi Kuti speaks on politics and Afrobeat

Femi Kuti speaking on politics and Afrobeat; interviewed in San Francisco earlier this year. Via Spin Earth.

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