You might not have been lucky enough to witness Fela Kuti perform while he was alive. But now you can experience the rhythmic force that blew his audience away once more at Felabration, hosted by the British Library to mark the Afrobeat master’s birthday.
Felabration is a way to pay homage to the stunning achievements of the symbolic African musician. His influence as a multi-instrumentalist, political maverick and human rights activist continues to reverberate around globally to this day.
Leading the funktastic tribute will be keyboardist Dele Sosimi and his 16-piece Afrobeat Orchestra. Having worked for many years with both Fela himself and his brother Femi, there is no host more apt than Dele.
Tony Allen is the legendary drummer who helped Fela create Afrobeat and he will be also making a very special appearance. Alongside him will be 2Face Idibia, who hit dizzying heights as a solo artist and as part of Hip Hop group Plantashun.
Expect plenty more special guests, DJs and of course, food and drink to keep both the body and soul happy.
As a bonus, Felabration also includes free access to the British Library’s new exhibition West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song – celebrating how the power of words has influenced West Africa.
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