Sunday, October 08, 2006

FELABRATION!!!

SPECIAL ALL WEEK PRESENTATION



An Addy, Google and YouTube Collabo




THE KALAKUTA SHOW...AFROBEAT LIVES ON




October 15th marks the day when Afrobeat was born. When the struggle for an independent Kalakuta Republic began. When the 'Black President' took his oath to yab all those who oppressed and continue to oppress the masses as well as expose corruption. Much of this month (mostly this week though) fans in Nigeria and all over the world will be celebrating the birthday of the great and legendary(words cannot express) 'Baba 70' Fela Anikulapo-Kuti who is also known as Abami Eda, Omo Iyaaje and so on and so forth. This is called FELABRATION and the party has already started with the mini concert Africa Unite having been on September 23rd. Contrary to ome news reports, Felabration is not over. The grand part of the event which leads up to Fela's birthday on the 15th actually kicked off this Sunday night at the New African Shrine in Ikeja, Lagos. It will go on all week. In August, Mona blogged about another event called FELAVERSATION which was held to discuss Fela's legacy as part of a tribute. Fela's children Femi, Yeni and Seun along with the Egypt 80 band are the headliners at the Felabration performances. Lucky Dube known for crooning the hit song 'I'm A Slave' will be performing along with a host of others. This event is an effort to bring awareness to the menacing disease called AIDS which cut Fela's life short in 1997. Those of you in Nigeria need to check it out and let 'us' know how it all went down. We all know it would be 'wicked' because the Kuti's don't play when it comes time to perform their music and signature gyration dance. For those in Los Angeles, KPFK's Dj Nnamdi will be hosting Fela Day at Leimert Park on October 28th from noon to 6pm. It is free and Addy will be there possibly with white dots on face and blue eyeshadow to gyrate to the funk. Might even bust out my 'jigida beads' to really get the groove on. I'll be practicing my 'Fela Girl' moves in front of my mirror. For events in your neighborhood, see your local indy paper or cook some rice and stew and have your own Felabration. For those on college campuses a la African Student Unions/OASIS, this could be an opportunity to put an important part of African music culture on display on your campus. Take your boom box to the center of campus (like the PIT) and get your Felabration on. Otherwise mark the date on your calendar so that next year you can go all out. Anyways I am doing to online research for your 'enjoyment pleasure'. For those of you who are just being introduced to Fela and can't comprehend, think of it in this way Fela is to Africa what Michael Jackson of the 80's is to America.

Let's Get Interactive: For those of you who grew up listening to Fela, chanced upon the music genre or were witnesses to his legacy, what does Fela, his music and his legacy mean to you? What are your opinions about his personae, the controversy surrounding him, his message, his lifestyle,his use of marijuana, his religion, Kalakuta Republic, his followers, his death etc. Basically share with everyone what FELA/ Afrobeat culture means to you.

Here's a video selection of Fela doing what he does best


"I can't Die... They Can't Kill Me,"...Short documentary on Fela featuring performance of 'Army Arrangement'

'Fela Behind Bars' A mini-doc from the 80's (facts by reporter are sketch but that's not the point)


Fela in his trademark look with his Band rehearsing 'You Be Theif'



Fela performing 'Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense'

Enter the Fela Video Competetition or watch the space to see what hardcore Fela fanatics cook up next

Here are some things to read

Nine Years After by Nigerian Tribune

Yabis Galore by Associated Press writer Dulue Mbachu

Timeline of Fela's life

Fans Comment on BBC about Fela's Legacy

Fela's Biography by BBC

Fela The Man, The Music The Message by Global Music Culture

Fela Inspired Blog Afro Funk Forum hosted by Chopteeth Afrobeat Band



Don't go snooping ...let Addy bring the info to you. If you have seen it before, just act surprised. It's all coming up this week

3 comments:

threeeighteen said...

"me and you no dey for the same category..."

damn girl, thanks for reminding us o... so many pple (present company included) need to be educated and re-educated on this man's message. for real! Fela was such a visionary, his messages are even more poignant today more than ever. I often wonder what he will think of our country's situation now. "...my broda, make I knock some bitter truth into your head, if we are to jefferhead o, we must be ready to fight for am o..." don't know bout y'all, but am with BaBa, the only way we Africans can live our best lives is through revolution! we got to make 'them' listen to us! things are so so bad and the only way to turn it around is by revolution... no amout of celebrity aid, concerts, attention, etc can help us, it has to come from within...

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