Monday, May 20th, 2013
File under: excellent news. Details.
Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
Margaret Thatcher died yesterday. Or the day before maybe, I don’t know. At any rate, Thatcher died, and now the hagiographers and the demonizers can have their day. All by herself, apparently, Thatcher “reforged Britain”, “transfixed the...
Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
They just don’t make ‘em like they used to, at least when it comes to Nigerian highlife. Whether that’s good or bad is up for debate. Whatever the case, people get riled up when they’re talking about...
Monday, February 18th, 2013
I was just over a thousand miles away from the action in Freetown, watching my Twitter timeline cascade with commentary as the evening unfolded. Tweets purred with pleasure at the acrobatics segment, and at the godly qualities...
Thursday, January 17th, 2013
The Yoruba have a word–tutu–for cool. Robert Farris Thompson describes it in his book Flash of the Spirit: “As we become noble, fully realizing the spark of creative goodness God endowed us with, we find the confidence...
Sunday, November 4th, 2012
“Halleluja.” Ghanaian-Swiss OY breaks down hair politics over some church loop. Next: Ghanaian-Canadian singer-songwriter Kae Sun’s ‘Ship and The Globe’, the debut single off his forthcoming LP “Afriyie”:
Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
The first time I heard about rapper Youngsta (government name Riyadh Roberts) was during Public Enemy’s tour of Cape Town, in a club awkwardly named @mospheer. Chuck D and Flavor Flav rocked the crowd that night, with...
Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
What happens? An 8-track remix compiled from “… dozens of hand-picked samples from the Nigerian instrumentalist and political figure Fela Kuti, and 8 carefully-chosen acapellas from the Native Tongue rap trio De La Soul” called Fela Soul. The...
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
Seun Kuti (28 year old son of Fela), playing Brooklyn next month, talk to Wax Poetics TV has some issues with other artists. He is definitely casting stones on all the blinged out, autotuned Nigerian pop.
Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
http://vimeo.com/22227829 Roy Ayers played and recorded with Fela Kuti (here‘s an example) and he has reinvented himself musically a few times–he still does. Now there’s a new documentary film about Ayers. In the trailer, above, Bobbito Garcia,...
Tuesday, December 21st, 2010
Fela Kuti works for Lebron James. I can only imagine what Fela would have said (or sung) about the real Miami, like Overtown or Liberty City.
Saturday, November 20th, 2010
The Fela revival–lawsuits and all–in New York City rolls on. This time it’s a new documentary about a mid-1980s visit Kuti–then in his prime–made to New York City. “Fela–NYC: Fresh from Africa” is a 97-minute film directed...
Friday, September 17th, 2010
I am not sure what to make of this. Bill T Jones (creator of the musical “Fela!,” currently playing on Broadway) recently choreographed “Zombie” (a song about military repression) for Canada’s version of “So You Think You...
Monday, June 28th, 2010
By the cast of the Broadway musical Fela!. Not bad. Via Knitting Factory Records. — Sean Jacobs
Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
Some of us will be a bit preoccupied with, you know, the biggest event in the world this weekend so it’s only natural that this Sunday will come and go without our tuning in to watch the...
Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
Some critics went after Bill T Jones for his musical portrayal of the king of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti, on Broadway. Here, in the link below, Mr Jones responds–indirectly–to criticisms of “Fela!,” during a discussion with Bill Moyers...
Sunday, February 7th, 2010
* I just got the Wax Poetics Africa Issue in the mail. Though the issue may give the impression that good music stopped being produced in Africa since the 1970s–in part it reads like a tribute issue...
Saturday, February 6th, 2010
He liked it and thinks its “genius.” Video by Afropop.
Saturday, February 6th, 2010
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”...
Thursday, February 4th, 2010
Femi Kuti knows.
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
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.
Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
This artist was inspired to create after seeing the Broadway musical.
Saturday, January 16th, 2010
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
This compilation focuses on the music Fela inspired – whether by fellow Nigerians recording alongside him in the early 70s, neighbors in Ghana, then-modern Colombian cumbia ensembles inspired by the man who injected a new feel into...
Thursday, December 31st, 2009
A profile of Lemi Ghariokwu
Friday, December 11th, 2009
Femi Kuti speaking on politics and Afrobeat; interviewed in San Francisco earlier this year. Via Spin Earth.
Monday, November 23rd, 2009
Great little video of Jimi Tenor and Tony Allen talking about their collabo. I like the sound of this. Belated H/T: Steve Coplan
Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
“Fela!,” the Bill T. Jones musical about the life of the Nigerian Afrobeat king, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, is opening on Broadway on October 19. I had tickets during the show’s short Off-Broadway run last year, but on...