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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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Audio: BBC Radio 4 documentary “Fela Comes Home”

Ladies and gents — we present to you something special courtesy of BBC Radio 4’s James Hale. Here’s “Fela Comes Home” a documentary that aired May 31, 2011.   BBC Radio 4: Fela Comes Home by felamusical    

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1/18: FELA! cast to perform at AMOEBA RECORDS Hollywood – RSVP!

What do Nas, Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Ziggy Marley, and Smokey Robinson have in common? They all led standing ovations at FELA!  at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. You can do the same next week when the FELA! cast has its very special free in-store performance and signing at Amoeba Records in Hollywood on Wednesday, January 18th at 5pm. Then, take an hour or five to browse the West Coast’s premier record store — only a joint this behemoth could contain our cast! Purchase tickets for the remaining FELA! dates here. The Original Broadway Cast Recording is available here through Knitting Factory Records. While you’re at it, you can RSVP for the event on our Facebook page.

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Video: The FELA! Band at the Elbo Room in San Francisco + The Troubadour Los Angeles!

Check out this fantastic, crystal-clear footage of The Fela Band — a band comprised of members of the cast and musicians of FELA! the musical (including a certain Mr. Ngaujah). Kudos to OneAntRed Productions for creating this video and sharing it with us. In related news, The Fela Band will be performing at the legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles this Friday the 13th (spooky?) If you want to RSVP, you can do so on Facebook. Invite your friends + be there or be bored!  

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