The musings, ruminations, and mercurial attitudes of fiction/cultural politics writer Sidik Fofana
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Fela Kuti Resurrection!
The Man, The Myth, The Legend. I know what I've heard about Fela Kuti from my crawling kid musicologist days. The whole spiel about this mesmerizing Nigerian multi-instrumentalist who married all his backup singers in one fell swoop reeled me in. His body of work--chalked with afrobeat classics--is a dynamic political statement in itself, beaming with Pan-African pride. From his birth to a middle class Nigerian family in the late 1930s to his death in the 1997, Kuti's life has a perfect mix of fame, drama, rumor, conviction and demons. In the coterie of musical icons Elvis, Lennon, Coltrane, Tupac, Biggie, and Marley, Kuti has earned his spot.
Hear a sample of the music.
For more music go here ... http://www.knittingfactoryrecords.com/artists/felakuti/store/