You are here
But Nigerian artists today seem to be living in a reality of flash and cash: singing about money and the good life while ignoring the daily struggles and misery of many of their fans. Some of them say their music is a reflection of what the fans want - in Fela's time there was also a good market for feel-good music, but he chose a different path. Music 

Remembering Fela Kuti, The King Of Afro Beat

      Every time I see politicians and statesmen honouring Fela Kuti, I chuckle to myself and wish I could be there to ask with the utmost seriousness: “Are you, sir, recommending Fela to younger generations as a role model?” I definitely had a good laugh when French President Emmanuel Macron came to Nigeria and, accompanied by Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, visited the New Afrika Shrine to pay tribute to Fela. It is funny because the state authorities Ambode represents now shut down the Shrine nine years ago for “disturbing” public peace….

Read More
Editor's Desk News Society Arts & Leisure 

Nigeria’s Fela Kuti in our time

    By: Henry Wallace Time it seems has passed since the legendary musical icon Fela Kuti left the musical scene, but his message and music definitely lives on, and to him we still owe a son of Africa who was truly special and singular, so that today Africans and indeed the black diaspora still celebrate the message he told. It is therefore no mistake that recently he was honored on Broadway.  The show was successful, running for three years in the US alone. It won three Tony Awards with…

Read More