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Stylebook: FashionAFRICANA to celebrate Design, Dance and Music

For more than a decade, FashionAFRICANA has united people from around Pittsburgh through yearly fashion events. But this is not your typical fashion show, says founder Demeatria Boccella. “It’s more of a cultural type of experience.” Through music, dance and design, FashionAFRICANA commemorates the African diaspora and celebrates black beauty and diversity. This year’s gathering […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Wizkid ft Femi Kuti – Jaiye Jaiye

It’s finally here, the video for Jaiye Jaiye by Wizkid and Femi Kuti. The two Nigerians made a killer tune, now they have made sure to deliver with the video, a Fela Kuti inspired display. Wizzy shows us how he parties, his swag, and the bootylicious girls he parties with. The stage show scene closer […]

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I can’t understand why my father married 27 wives – Femi Kuti

The 2013 edition of Felabration,a week-long concert which celebrates the life and times of Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti commences from Monday, October 14 through 20 at the Afrikan Shrine, Ikeja, Lagos. In this interview,  Femi Kuti, the eldest son of Fela went down memory lane, recounting the story of his late father, his music  […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Eedris Abdulkareem ft. Femi Kuti – Fela

It’s Felabration week, Felabration month, and today is in-fact the birthday of the one and only legendary musician, activist and, Nigerian and African icon Fela Anikulapo Kuti. There is no best time to release a single in his honour and there are arguably no better artists to do that other than veteran artists such as rapper […]

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Blitz: The Ambassador Of Hip-Hop And African Music

Rapper Blitz the Ambassador explains to Tell Me More for the occasional series “In Your Ear,” that his favorite songs are the ones that helped shape his sound. “I keep these songs really close because they always remind me of where it all begins, and what makes me the artist that I am,” he says. As his […]

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Seun Kuti Lights Up Paris

The 12th edition of the annual La Villette Jazz Festival kicked off in Paris on September 3. The 12-day event featured a handful of renowned international artistes like Gregory Porter, Antibalas, Jamie Cullum, Fatoumata Diawara and Nigeria’s own Seun Kuti and Fela’s Egypt 80 Band, amongst others. Seun and Fela’s Egypt Band performed at the […]

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Seun Kuti at WOMAD

Neil McKim enjoys a performance by saxophonist Seun Kuti at this year’s WOMAD festival ‘This is not African Jazz! This is not African Soul! This is original African music!’ – this was the defiant proclamation of 30-year-old Nigerian musician Seun Kuti (pictured above and below) on the main stage at this year’s WOMAD festival. Kuti […]

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Afrobeats: London’s Latest Craze|BBC

In the 1970s the late Nigerian musician Fela Kuti revolutionised African music with the style he coined Afrobeat. It combined funk, jazz, highlife, chants and traditional rhythms, and often included inflammatory political messages. Four decades later, young African artists in the diaspora are mixing the best sounds from the continent with anything from hip-hop, to […]

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Mali hits Glastonbury: Rokia Traoré, Fatoumata Diawara and more

When music was banned in Mali, the organisers of Glastonbury festival swung into action and invited the country’s top acts over. Here’s what to look out for. When it comes to African music, Glastonbury stands taller than most A-list rock’n’roll festivals. Way back in 1982, the percussion wig-outs of Nigeria’s King Sunny Ade were a revelation to me: […]

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Fatai Rolling Dollar Dies: Nigeria’s Jonathan Pays Tribute

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has paid tribute to veteran highlife musician Fatai Rolling Dollar who died on Wednesday. The guitarist and singer had “enthralled his teeming followers” during a career of more than 64 years, Mr Jonathan said. Fatai was best known for his song, They Cannot Match Us, which criticised younger generations. The exact […]

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Seun Kuti Added to WOMAD

Singer and Instrumentalist Seun Kuti has been added to the line-up of the upcoming WOMAD UK music festival. Nigeria, Kuti joins several other outstanding global artists on the prestigious list. Seun Anikulapo Kuti is the last born son of the iconic Nigerian artist , the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti and he is one of the […]

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Fela’s Broadway for Lagos, as Curtain Falls on American Edition

Jay-Z’s musical Fela about the musical icon and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti is moving to Lagos Nigeria. The musical finished its Broadway run on January 2nd of this year. During the finale, Edward Tyler Nahem, who co-produced the Broadway run with Jay-Z and Will Smith tells the New York Post, “Fela Kuti was to the […]

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