To end 2020 we make a Rendez-vous with three generations of afrobeat and celebrate a Nigerian musical dynasty. As Fela is honoured with a Black Plaque at his old music conservatoire Trinity Laban in Greenwich, we consider how the musical idiom he created remains more popular than ever. Track list: 1....
23/05/2020 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm Global Afrobeat e-Fest
Brave New World – Seun Kuti, Tony Allen + Dele Sosimi, Awesome Tapes From Africa, 47 Soul & Much More
22/06/2019 1:30 pm - 11:00 pm Brave New World – Seun Kuti, Tony Allen + Dele Sosimi, Awesome Tapes From Africa, 47 Soul & Much More Roundhouse, London
10/05/2018 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm Tony Allen & Amp Fiddler Ghost Notes, London
Album Review: Fela Kuti – Box Set #4 curated by Erykah Badu [Knitting Factory Records; 15th December 2017]
On first impressions, this is just another Fela Kuti compilation, albeit an extensive one. Dig a little deeper, though, and spend a bit more time with the music and, like any good art retrospective, there’s more to it than meets the eye. Badu’s own sensibilities shine through with her penchant...
30/06/2017 - 01/07/2017 9:00 pm - 3:00 am Ghost Writerz ~ YAP Yung Afrika Pyoneers ~ RU1 FAM ~ DJ Snuff Hootananny Brixton, London
12/05/2017 - 15/05/2017 12:00 pm - 10:00 am The Soundcrash Funk & Soul Weekender 2017 Full Line Up Announced Pontins Camber Sands, Rye
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...
24/06/2016 - 25/06/2016 8:00 pm - 12:30 am Refugees Welcome! Featuring Logic, Afrikan Boy and OpSa! Balkan Band with Azza Rich Mix, London
Album Review: Fela Ransome Kuti and His Koola Lobitos – Highlife Jazz and Afro-Soul (1963-1969) [Knitting Factory Records, 8th April 2016]
To sum up these three albums in a few words, would be to say that Highlife, Jazz and Afro-Soul is a journey to discover the origins of afrobeat and the Fela Kuti myth. In fact, there was a time when the Black President was ‘simply’ a music student at the Royal Trinity College of...