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Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Chimamanda Adichie lines up the homophobic arguments and knocks them down one by one

We’ve seen a range of responses from African intellectuals to the crisis of homophobia, especially in states that are planning  oppressive anti-gay laws As well as Binyavanga Wainaina, several Nigerian intellectuals have also weighed in. Yesterday was Chimamanda Adichie’s turn, and she made a very important contribution.

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Weekend Music Break 66

10 new music videos from Tanzania, Senegal, South Africa, Cameroon, Mali, Congo, and Ghana. But first, Nigeria. Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 have a new record coming out next month. Here’s a first single, with help from...

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Necessary doses of pan-Africanism: Spoek Mathambo remixes Seun Kuti

Take this necessary dose of pan-Africanism with your vitamins. K’Naan and Nas’s “Nothing to Lose” video qualifies. So does Spoek Mathambo remixing Seun Kuti.  Kuti tours the US this summer and Mathambo has a new album coming out...

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Happy Birthday Seun Kuti

You’ve heard this song here before so Seun Kuti fronting demonstrations in Lagos this week shouldn’t come as a surprise. In his own words: “I believe the fuel subsidy removal…is treason against the people of Nigeria.” Follow...

Monday, January 9th, 2012

#OccupyNigeria

Nigeria’s political leaders probably did not expect this kind of response from the populace –mass protests, a national strike starting today that shut down major cities–when they decided, on January 1, 2012, to scrap fuel subsidies (as...

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

10 African Albums of 2011

Tinariwen Tassili Mali Quote: “I go quietly to pay Mizgawa a little visit.” FOKN Bois meet Irie Maffia Production The FOKN DunaQuest In Budapest Ghana/Hungary Quote: “We see demma Maffia side, but now everything be Irie.” Seun...

Monday, December 19th, 2011

2011′s Music Video Picks

Inexplicably absent in this year’s fashionable blogs’ and magazines’ year-end lists are videos by African artists, or those videos recorded somewhere in Africa. I’ve picked ten which I think stood out. South Africans Pieter Hugo and Michael...

Monday, October 31st, 2011

‘The right ideology’

Musicians don’t only have to talk about rims or energy drinks. Video shot (by PBS’s Soundtracks) in San Francisco (in August 2011) of a jet-lagged Seun Kuti opining on “The Arab Spring.” Bonus. Live footage from his...

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.

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Faaji Agba

On Friday, July 22, Seun Kuti, play the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn. However, the real treat on that bill will be the warm-up act, Faaji Agba, a collective of octogenarian Nigerian musicians. The link is to...

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Music Break

Seun Kuti and his band playing a track from their brilliant new album ‘From Africa With Fury: Rise’ on the British TV program “Later Live …” last month. I’m gonna get me one of those t-shirts. –...

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Helping Libya

Not sure if this more about Seun Kuti‘s desire to sell more units of his latest album out on Monday (he has been talking a lot the last few days), but he has a way with words:...

Friday, March 25th, 2011

“What do African leaders have in common?”

Seun Kuti has a new album coming out next month: “From Africa With Fury: Rise.” He also has time to talk politics, including why we’re not seeing Egypt-style revolutions in Sub-Saharan African countries and what he thinks...

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Seun Kuti goes to see ‘Fela!’ on Broadway

He liked it and thinks its “genius.” Video by Afropop.

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.