Archive for February, 2012
In the 1980′s Coleman Young presented Fela Kuti with the key to the City of Detroit, finally the spirit of Fela will be returning to breath some revolution back into the city. Starting this week you will be able to relive the music of Fela Kuti live at the Detroit Music Hall. February 14th-26th the the life of Fela will be remembered, from the Charles H. Wright African American History Museum to The Music Hall, and the city will be alive with afrobeat. Detroit is the perfect place to honor the revolutionary memory of Fela Kuti. With the whole world standing in solidarity against oppression from Lagos to Detroit, the message of Fela speaks to the timeless theme of decolonization. A few weeks ago I had the honor of speaking with Fela’s former manager Rikki Stein who had some fantastic stories to share about the life of Fela. I feel this is the best format for an oral history of one of the 20th centuries most revolutionary musicians. Take a listen and enjoy! If you would like for information on the festivities going on surrounding Fela Kuti this Black History Month you can check out http://www.felaonbroadway.com/ (play) Charles H. Wright African American History Museum (Fela Exhibit)
Here is the Music Player. You need to installl flash player to show this cool thing!