AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Fela

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Blitz The Ambassador Speaks

Blitz The Ambassador talks about the initial reception of his music (“slow”), the musical Fela! (“it made the people more open and made the people understand the larger context”), his early records, his collaboration with Corneille for the track ‘Best I Can’ (“trying to express how I felt about where I’m at”), the future (“I

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Fela In The Low Countries

The “Fela! The Musical” craze hasn’t reached the Low Countries (yet), but that doesn’t stop Dutch ZAM Magazine from including in its latest issue some old, but previously unpublished pictures, of Fela in Paris shot by Anton...

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

The Grammys does Africa

Blogger Bombastic Elements summarizes the African nominees for late February 2011’s Grammy Awards: (Benin) ÕŸÖ – Angelique Kidjo : nominee for Best Contemporary World Music Album Vocal or Instrumental. (Nigeria/ USA) Fela! – Robert Sher,...

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Music Break

South African artist Lesego Rampolokeng, who grew up in Soweto, performing his “Fela Sermon” live in Barcelona in 2003. (If you want to appreciate the full Rampolokeng, I can recommend his album “End Beginnings” with the Kalahari...

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Fela Rolls On

Hot off the heels of Fela! The Musical’s phenomenal 11 Tony Award nominations comes the news (via Deadline New York) that Chiwetel Ejiofor is “formally attached” to play the lead in the Fela biopic slated for release...

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Trailer: “Distant Relatives”

The new 5 minute trailer for the new Nas-Damian Marley collaboration, “Distant Relatives”–out next month–where they engage with the music of Africa. (I’ve blogged before about some of the leaked tunes from the album.) Can’t wait for...

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

EVERYBODY WANTS FELA TO SUCCEED (ON BROADWAY)

The New York mainstream press is all over Bill T Jones’ musical “Fela!,” which recently opened in the city.  Everybidy wants the show to succeed in a downmarket. “The New York Times” has done a few pieces–...

Friday, November 6th, 2009

NEW RELEASE / ‘FELA: THE BEST OF THE BLACK PRESIDENT’

Monday, October 5th, 2009

WEEKEND LINKS: THE ZUMAS, FOOTBALL, SOMALI PIRATES, THE G20, WILDLIFE, BLK JKS, CHINUA ACHEBE

Here’s some things I did not have the time to blog about properly or link to this past week: * Barack and Michelle Obama had to pose 135 times with visiting dignitaries to the UN General Assembly...