Preview: Felabration 2016 @ Electric Ballroom (London, 7th October 2016)

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It goes without saying that the best way to remember and pay tribute to a musician, his music and legacy, is playing his tunes. That’s why every year, every 7th of October, in Lagos, like in Osaka and Reykjavik, it’s Felabration: a day, or better, a night in honour of Fela Kuti.

Like every year, London will do its part, too. On the first Friday of October, more than a dozen remarkable artists, who have always lived and breathed afrobeat and the Lagos sound of the 1970s and 80s, will gather together at the Electric Ballroom to pay their musical respects to Fela.

Dele Sosimi and his Afrobeat Orchestra, Yolanda Brown, Afrikan Boy, Terry Walker, and Tiggs Da Author are only some of the names who will go on stage playing, reinterpreting and presenting their own perspective over Fela Kuti’s songs, while the after-party and its musical selection is in the hands of afrobeat devotee, DJ Koichi Sakai.

Don’t “miss road” and head down to the Electric Ballroom: for one night, you’ll think to be at the Shrine in Lagos.

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