AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Fela Kuti

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Cape Town African Swag

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 a high-energy performance lasting longer than two hours (according to Flavor Flav’s giant clock necklace). In the middle

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Fela Kuti meets De La Soul

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

‘Cars, Clothes and Parties’

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

The Roy Ayers Project

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

No Comment

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

When Fela Kuti came to New York City

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...

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