October 15, 2018

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Why Nigeria is yet to have another Fela (Nation)

Why Nigeria is yet to have another Fela (Nation)

This year, annual music festival, Felabration will mark the 20th anniversary of the demise of human rights activist and creator of Afrobeat genre of music, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, aka Abami Eda. He died August 2, 1997.

And while the mega week-long musical event is slated for October 9th to 15th, 2017, it is hoped that as usual, it will attract thousands of locals and foreigners to the New Afrika Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria.

However, 20 years down the line (and 19 years of Felabration), Fela’s legacy, the Afrobeat genre, seems to be getting a dissimilar perspective as a number of Nigerian musicians that claim to draw inspiration from Fela, have veered off the canons of Afrobeat as a tool to criticize inept leadership, and oppressive political dictatorship, while also speaking for the ‘voiceless’ masses like the Abami Eda did. Read more

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