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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Guest post by ?uestlove: Music is STILL the weapon

Back in 2008, Ahmir Thompson aka ?uestlove of The Roots saw FELA! in New York and wrote about his experience. Read it here. ——————————————————————– i wrote an email to all my industry pals after i saw the FELA! musical tonight. i decided to share it with you. ladies and gentlemen this is ahmir. its is 5:58am in the morning and i just got home. i witnessed a miracle tonight and it is a MUST you read this. and when i say miracle you have to think this on the level of sam jackson trying to convince john travolta in pulp fiction to acknowledge the miracle that just occured (them escaping death by *this* much) i didn’t escape death tonight. actually i believe i found life … Continue reading

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Video + Photos: LA Closing Party featuring the cast of FELA! and Afrobeat Down

On January 22nd, the cast of FELA! and Los Angeles band Afrobeat Down got together to celebrate a successful run at The Ahmanson Theatre. Sandra Izsadore hosted the party — she describes the party as  “… a night to remember. Real Kalakuta style.” She also describes other highlights: “We had a Big Yellow Bus that picked us up from the hotel.  It transported us about ten miles to the party.  The Bus and its driver has made appearances on Oprah Winfrey show, People Magazine, The Steve Harvey Morning Show, as well as many other publications.  The Bus driver, Tonya, is doing great work through her GYO organization for youth in our community.  Jamaican Food was served… It was a good closing for Los Angeles. ”   … Continue reading

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Bob Marley & Fela Kuti: Musical giants in a time of revolution, by Vivien Goldman

It’s Bob Marley’s Birthday — and therefore, the perfect time to share this article by noted music writer, Vivien Goldman. HBD, Bob! ———————————————————– BOB MARLEY & FELA KUTI Musical giants in a time of revolution  An exclusive extract from the upcoming book AFROBEAT ART (Part 1); The Revolutionary Vision of Fela Kuti and “His Artist” Ghariokwu Lemi by Ghariokwu & Goldman     Rebel music owned 1977 when musical giants walked among us. As Fela’s ferocious Afrobeat on his all-conquering track, Zombie, rose to challenge the tender lilt of Ghanaian highlife, then Nigeria’s most loved sound, it was part of a popular musical revolutionary front. In London and New York, Punk’s Sex Pistols, Clash and Ramones were yowling into being. In Afrikan Amerika,  the funk … Continue reading

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Video: Ziggy Marley joins the cast of FELA! on stage + Fela Kuti fundraiser sale for URGE

  The FELA! cast and producers, in association with Knitting Factory Records is currently running a promotion with the amazing children’s charity run by Ziggy Marley, U.R.G.E. (Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment). U.R.G.E. If you enter the coupon, “africaunite” with your purchase from the Fela Kuti webstore, 20% of the cost of your items will be donated to U.R.G.E. from now until February 9th. Shop for a good cause –it’s a win for everyone.   Speaking of Ziggy Marley, check out this video of his appearance with the cast of FELA! at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles last month (many thanks to the lovely ADERO GREEN for this footage). Do share!  

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