A playlist of songs by Fela Anikulapo Kuti the superstar, singer, musician, Panafricanist, polygamist, mystic, legend and one of the most challenging and charismatic music performers of our time.
Fela Kuti’s music has always been mentioned as a source of inspiration by many Nigerian musicians, but they hardly produce ‘conscious’ music or ‘political’ music that speaks against the state of the country and other social ills. From Fela’s ‘Zombie’ to ‘V.I.P Vagabonds In Power’ Fela’s music has always addressed the ills of society. We ask why Nigerian musicians have not followed in the path of activists such as Fela’s whose music was a vehicle for protest and change.
Kalakutta’s President Fela Anikulapo Kuti has been proclaimed as one of the greatest icons to come out of Africa. The proclamation is undisputed. The king of Afrobeat music was a constant thorn in the flesh of the Nigerian government and till today, everything Fela sang about remains relevant. Tell us what you think of the legendary musician and his music in relation to Nigeria.
Nigerian reggae artist Patoranking has become the first African to perform at the Reggae Sumfest Festival, the largest concert festival in Jamaica. The Nigerian artist who is currently a judge in The Voice Nigeria is living true to the testimony of his first album God Over Everything.
Multi-award winning group from Kenya, Sauti Sol, best known for their hits “Kuliko Jana”, “Sura Yako” and “Unconditionally Bae” return to Coke Studio Africa – 2017, for the third time this year paired alongside Nigerian songstress Chidinma who is making a return to the show for the fourth time. We ask, is it not time to explore the continental music scene in totality and use the platform to launch talented underground artists into the commercial sphere?
In May 2017, South African rapper Cassper Nyovest released his latest album, the 16-track Thuto. Uzoma Ihejirika says the album contains ruminations on the past, cheery predictions for the future, and a deep-seated appreciation for the present.
South African jazz dynasties come together for a night of sanguine rhythms and soulful melodies from around the world.
South African icon Yvonne Chaka Chaka took home top honours at the BET International Awards, receiving the International Global Good Star and Power Award.
Nigeria’s Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun popularly known as Wizkid took home the BET Best International Act: Africa in a fiercely contested category. The 2017 BET Awards were held on June 25, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The ceremony celebrated and honoured achievements in entertainment music, sports, television, and movies released between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017.