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Fela Kuti

Finding Fela: Music Is the Weapon of Choice for Some

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | Posted 08.13.2014 | Black Voices
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

Even I had to admit, as fascinated as I was about Africa, that I feared it more and had no urgent desire to visit the land in which society tells me I am a descendent of. Fear of the unknown had wiped away any desire in me that might have been fostered.

Fela's Son: 'I Didn't Want To Be The Replica Of My Father'

Associated Press | JOHN CARUCCI | Posted 08.13.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) -- Femi Kuti is, like his father, a recording artist and an activist. Now he's a storyteller as well, advising Academy Award-winning...

New Film Pays Homage To Groundbreaking African Musician And Political Activist

Posted 08.08.2014 | Black Voices

After landing success as a Tony award-winning Broadway musical, the story chronicling the life and times of groundbreaking African composer, performer...

Fela Kuti in an Unpublished Interview Conducted After His Release From Prison

Paul Iorio | Posted 08.01.2014 | Entertainment
Paul Iorio

The release of Alex Gibney's new documentary on the late Nigerian pop star Fela Kuti spurred me to sift through my own personal journalistic archives to find an audiotaped interview I conducted with Fela in 1986. And here it is.

The Lost Audience: Adventures in Ethnomusicology

Hank Bordowitz | Posted 07.25.2014 | Fifty
Hank Bordowitz

I have always had somewhat Catholic tastes that encompassed Pete Seeger to Pete Townshend, the Sex Pistols to Sunny Ade. I used to have to explain this, but now it seems expected of me. Then and now, all of this is bound together.

Amerigo Gazaway: For Love of Hip Hop

Craig Carpenter | Posted 09.16.2014 | Arts
Craig Carpenter

Music has a funny way of imprinting a time period in the listener's head. And maybe that's why we like it. As a work of both art and performance, listening to music becomes more than a passive experience.

Alvin Ailey Comes to Town and You Shouldn't Miss It

Danai P. Maraire | Posted 06.19.2013 | Los Angeles
Danai P. Maraire

If you've never had the chance to experience this particular dance company, there is no time like the present to discover what I already know: There is nothing like it.

New Museum Celebrates Afrobeat Legend

AP | By SUNDAY ALAMBA | Posted 10.22.2012 | Arts

LAGOS, Nigeria -- Nigeria celebrated the memory of late Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti this past week as his family put on a series of concerts f...

LOOK: Why Fela Matters To Detroit

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 02.24.2012 | Detroit

The tickets for the Broadway production of "Fela!" showing at theMusic Hall are quickly selling out, but Detroiters have more than one way to get a ne...

"Crazy Crazy": Introducing Guinevere, Plus Chatting With Four Year Strong's Alan Day and Gregory Rogove

Mike Ragogna | Posted 03.23.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Fela! A Musical Legend Occupies the Stage -- and Our Ears

Steve Heilig | Posted 02.13.2012 | Home
Steve Heilig

Any stage show that attempts to conjure the spirit and spectacle of Fela Anikilapo Kuti had better be good, and the award-winning play Fela! certainly lives up to the legend.

WATCH: Haiku Reviews: Space Sculpture, Drag Opera And Piano History

Posted 02.04.2012 | Arts

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews is a biweekly feature where invited critics review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the tradit...

Chatting with American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery, Baaba Maal, The Box Story, and Ozzie & Harriet Estate Manager, Sam Nelson

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.13.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Scotty McCreery's new album Clear As Day just hit #1 in Billboard, and it features some very personal songs that seem to fit him perfectly. He tells me how he picked this batch.

The Life and Legacy of Fela Kuti

Kirsten West Savali | Posted 12.14.2011 | Black Voices
Kirsten West Savali

Fela Anikulapo-Kuti's legacy is one that is greater than the sum of its parts. Domestic violence and flagrant devaluation of women are just as much telltale signs of his character as his love for his people.

Looking for Bob Marley and Fela Kuti

Alemayehu G. Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alemayehu G. Mariam

Music as a Weapon of Protest It is said that "music is a universal language." Using a few notes and inspiring lyrics, musicians and song writers have...

Love and Death, the New Album from Ghanaian Legend Ebo Taylor

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Modiba

Recorded with Berlin-based collective Afrobeat Academy, Love and Death is a conscious effort on the part of Taylor to advance the afrobeat movement.

Fela!: A Strong Narrator Takes You Far

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Danny Groner

Fela! relies on its narrator to become our leader, our beacon of hope, and our hero for the night.

"My Favorite Mistake": A Playlist for BP and Its Latest Disaster D'Jour

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

It's become the new American Pastime. Instead of turning to the sports page in the morning, I find myself going straight home to HuffPost to see precisely how BP has failed to fix their mess today.

Memo to the Media: Forget Your Focus on Politicians

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Danny Schechter

Fela is no period piece, and in fact points to how social change does not just come out of the barrel of bombast from either the White House or the Congress.

Global Beat Fusion: Afrobeat Beyond and Behind Fela

Derek Beres | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Derek Beres

We need icons. Men and women who serve as the paramount of their profession excite and inspire us, help us to strive for our own goals. Danger arises ...

The Evolution Will be ooVood

Mark Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Mark Levine

With governments still largely in control of the streets and able to monitor or block access to sites like YouTube, Myspace and Facebook, what technologies are left to overcome connect people in meaningful ways?

African Disneyland? A Response to the New York Times Review of "Fela!" on Broadway

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Modiba

I took a special interest in Charles Isherwood's critical review of "Fela!" in light of my incredible and unforgettable experience of traveling to Lagos, Nigeria with my band.

Stage Door: Fela; Love, Loss, and What I Wore; What The World Needs Now

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

Fela, which chronicles the life of Nigerian musician and political activist Fela Kuti, is a kinetic, multimedia experience that explodes nightly at the Eugene O'Neill.

Why Kanye West Could Never Be Fela Kuti

Derek Beres | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Derek Beres

While Kanye West's admitted disdain for books is well known, I reflected on his recent comments while at the Eugene O'Neill Theater watching Fela!, the production based on the life Fela Kuti.

FELA! Pumps New Life Into the Legacy of Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Modiba

This is HuffPost World's regular feature that highlights interesting musicians and musical trends around the world. Know of a great musician doing g...