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Fela Kuti

Columns

Sunday, September 21 2008

Fela! Here Comes the Black President

Great art such as Fela! inspires us to make the choices we need to make, and not give up our responsibilities because it is easier to allow someone else to make decisions for us.


Tuesday, February 25 2003

Still a Riot Goin' On: Fela Kuti, Celebrity Gramscians, and the AIDs Crisis in Africa

Fela's emergence fits the profile of what has come to be known as the Gramscian or organic intellectual.


Reviews

Wednesday, November 13 2013

The Elder Statesman of Afrobeat Opens Up

In Tony Allen's new autobiography, we get a glimpse into the life and times of the man behind the kit, as well as fascinating insights into the tumultuous rise of Fela Kuti & the Afrika 70 to stardom.


Thursday, March 28 2013

Fela Kuti: The Best of the Black President 2

Knitting Factory's second Fela Kuti retrospective is no less vital, gripping, or essential than the first.


Tuesday, January 5 2010

Fela Kuti: Fela: The Best of the Black President

A thorough document of the greatest moments of one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century.


Sunday, November 28 2004

Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon [DVD]


Saturday, December 31 1994

Fela Kuti: The Best of Fela Kuti


Blogs

Wednesday, December 16 2009

This is Fela Kuti's Time

You may have heard that Fela Kuti is now on Broadway. No really I’m not sure what to make of a musical celebrating the


Tuesday, March 31 2009

Old Skewl B.S. aka Morality Police Bite

Artists continually suffer for refusing to bow to the morality police. Yet, like this Kentuckian, we are all Unbridled Spirits, refusing to conceit to itty bitty morality pity. It’s a shame that one has to chant louder, write faster, read quicker, exercise harder, know more and listen with more compassion, isn’t it? Naw, that’s just old skewl.


Wednesday, March 18 2009

Hot Buttered Soul: Politics and Pop Culture Are Really One

When change is upon us and we need media most, more and more traditional media outlets will simply pick up and disseminate what fewer and fewer folks have placed on the corporate-filtered news wire. Luckily, my new White House friend is as funky as you wanna be.


News

Tuesday, February 23 2010

Broadway musical and album reissues spark a Fela Kuti resurgence

LOS ANGELES — His sound is unmistakable: insistent, trance-like rhythms spiraling out of songs that sometimes run longer than 20 minutes; a biting and fluid horn section


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