The year is 1971.
You are standing outside of the New Afrika Shrine in Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.
The line is long. The air is thick with a tenor of brassy soul and a gut-churning rhythm that makes you drop into your own hips.
The jolt of the familiar.
You are here.
The birth of AfroBeat.
This was no brightly colored music video.
This was a vivid spiritual and socio-political war. A people’s rebellion underscored with white tribal paint under beautiful women’s eyes. An ancient inquisition dotting their foreheads. Fela Kuti, his crew of wives, his commune, and his continent of followers challenged the state and disrupted the status quo. Their courage was met with violence that resulted in the funeral procession of the matriarch of the movement.
Let’s pay our respects.
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Kere Kay | FELA! Original Broadway Cast, Sahr Ngaujah:
Zombie | Fela Kuti, Afrika 70:
Coffin for Head of State | Fela Kuti:
Water No Get Enemy | Fela Kuti: