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Fela’s Afrobeat… A Perfect Fusion Of Art

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Nigerian Guardian Offers Insight Into Fela's Early Work Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

London Felabrates!

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Review: 12/14 at 229 The Venue, London Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Congratulations to Femi Kuti on his Grammy Nomination!!

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Best World Music Album 2014 Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

A Tribute To Nelson Mandela, The Revolutionary

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Remembering the civil rights colossus who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Happy Holidays from Knitting Factory Records + Fela Kuti!

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Use code: HOLIDAYSALE for 25% Off! Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Chance The Rapper included in Top 15 of BBC Sound Of 2014

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Past winners include Haim, Adele and Ellie Goulding. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Ring In 2014 With The Fela! Band In Brooklyn, NY!

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Come celebrate The New Year with the famed Fela! Band at The Knitting Factory Brooklyn. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Fela Kuti Tops Flavorpill’s List Of “50 Songs That Are Guaranteed To Make You Cry”

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It's fall - time to huddle up by the open fire, drink tea, and listen to sad music! Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

The Vinyl Factory | THE 10 RAREST FELA KUTI RECORDS

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Had he still been alive, 15 October would have been Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s 75th birthday. The Afrobeat originator died in 1997, but his legacy lives on. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Thoughts on Fela | Questlove

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Ahmid "?uestlove" Thompson remembers the first time he heard Fela Kuti. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Thoughts on Fela | Brittany Howard

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Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes shares her thoughts on the Afrobeat originator. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Thoughts on Fela | Brian Eno

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Brian Eno remembers Fela Kuti. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Thoughts on Fela | Bill T Jones

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VIDEO: Bill T Jones remembers Fela Kuti Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

VIDEO: Paul McCartney Remembers Fela Kuti

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In honor of what would have been Fela's 75th Birthday Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Red Hot + Fela Out Now!

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Available worldwide October 15th Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

“Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am” premiere on Stereogum

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My Morning Jacket – “Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am” (Feat. Merrill Garbus & Brittany Howard) (Fela Kuti Cover) Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Win tickets from okayafrica for the Brooklyn Felabration on 10/17

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At Brooklyn Bowl with Questlove Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

See BALOJI's cover of Fela Kuti's "Buy Africa" off Red Hot + Fela

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Watch the video at okayafrica Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Red Hot + Fela now streaming on NPR First Listen

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Red Hot + Fela out 10/8/13 Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Jim James curated a Fela Kuti Spotify playlist!

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Red Hot + Fela out October 8th! Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

The Wall Street Journal has your first listen of "Buy Africa"

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by BALOJI off the upcoming Red Hot + Fela album Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

See the Red Hot + Fela Tracklist over at Consequence of Sound

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Red Hot + Fela compilation features My Morning Jacket, TV on the Radio, & tUnE-yArDs Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Red Hot + Fela out October 8th!!

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via Knitting Factory Records + The Red Hot Organization! Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Red Hot + Fela out October 8th!!

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via Knitting Factory Records + The Red Hot Organization! Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

ArtDontSleep presents A Celebration of FELA KUTI

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Sunday, July 21, 2013 @ The Mayan Theater Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Saluting the Black President in London

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To mark the rerelease of Fela Kuti's 50-album catalogue, Knitting Factory Records is hosting an extraordinary line-up at the intimate 229 Club in London! Click for more info. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

KCRW posts FELA interview from 1986

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Check out the interview (previously available only on cassette) on the KCRW website. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

FELA KUTI The Best of The Black President 2 Out Today

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Available for purchase now. Get your copy today! Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Pre-order THE BEST OF THE BLACK PRESIDENT 2 now!

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Pre-order the upcoming Fela Kuti compilation, _The Best of the Black President 2_, featuring over 155 minutes of music. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Nigeria Opens Kalakuta Museum In Honor Of FELA KUTI

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Fela Kuti's home opened as museum and hotel. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

FELA KUTI Vinyl Box Set 2 Out Now!

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The 2nd Vinyl Box Set, curated by Ginger Baker, is available today! Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Felabration 2012

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Yeah Yeah! Time to Felabrate! Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

FELA! on Broadway Provokes NYPD ‘Cover-up'

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NYPD censors controversial FELA! mural painted on private property. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

The Wall Street Journal remembers FELA

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Check out the full article on their site. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Lagos State Government to Turn Kalakuta Republic to Kalakuta Museum

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Learn more from Nigerians Saving Nigerians. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

EXCLUSIVE Audience Reward Offer for tickets to see FELA! On Broadway

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Be the first to get your tickets! Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

FELA! Returns to Broadway

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FELA! is coming back to Broadway this summer! Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

The Reclaiming of FELA KUTI's 'Lady'

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The Making of ‘Lady’ w/ Questlove x tUnE-yArDs x Angélique Kidjo x Akua Naru Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

FELA KUTI Charity Single Available Today

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Remake of Fela's "Lady" by tUnE-yArDs, Angélique Kidjo, ?uestlove, and Akua Naru is now available on iTunes. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

FELA's Lady Covered For Charity

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On June 1, the first single from the forthcoming album (RED) Hot + FELA will debut via iTunes. The track - a remake of Fela Kuti’s “Lady” - features Angelique Kidjo, tUnE-yArDs, Akua Naru and Ahmir '?uestlove' Thompson. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

FELA loved by the Chicago Bulls player Joakim Noah

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Check out the video via OkayAfrica and ESPN Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

LIVE IN DETROIT 1986 is out today

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Buy it on CD and on iTunes now! Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

FELA KUTI Live in Detroit 1986 available for pre-order

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via the Knitting Factory Records online store Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

FELA KUTI's Live in Detroit, 1986 to be released May 8th

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First new *Fela* album since his final studio album. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

FELA KUTI featured in article from noted music writer Vivien Goldman

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Visit the *Fela! on Broadway* website and read more. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

FELA! promotion running to help Ziggy Marley charity

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The *Fela Kuti* webstore is currently running a promotion with the amazing charity run by Ziggy Marley, U.R.G.E. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

FELA KUTI continuing to influence the sound of the UK underground

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The Guardian reports on a new, emerging genre in the UK underground: "Afrobeats," influenced by the original afrobeat sounds of *Fela Kuti* Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

FELA! Musicians to play the Troubadour in Los Angeles on Friday

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Musicians from the *FELA!* musical will take to the Troubadour in Los Angeles on Friday night to play the music of *Fela Kuti*. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Listen to a clip from the BBC Radio 6 FELA KUTI Documentary

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Listen small except from the BBC Radio 6 documentary on Fela Kuti and the origins of "Unknown Soldier" and "Coffin for Head Of State" Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

FELA! Begins in Los Angeles Today!

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The award winning Broadway Musical begins its run at Ahmanson Theatre tonight! Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Celebrate the holidays with a FELA KUTI discount!

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Take 10% off all Fela Kuti orders now thru January 2, 2012 Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

History Repeats Itself!

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Nollywood star Baba Suwe beats drug rap after prison toilet watch. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

FELA KUTI Comes Home

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As the Broadway musical of Fela's controversial life comes to Lagos, Radio 4 is there to explore his cultural impact in Nigeria. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

New Beyonce album FELA KUTI inspired

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The Guardian covers Beyonce's new album, influence by Fela Kuti, Movement of the People parties starting this month. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

FELA Movement of the People

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Fela's Movement Of the People lives today. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

FELA Vinyl box set now available!

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First Fela Kuti vinyl box set now available, curated by ?uestlove Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Fela Speaks

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A fascinating student interview with archival footage from an old colleague of Fela's - and some critical thoughts on the new "Fela revival" too. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

The AfroBeatles: Fela meets the Boys from Liverpool

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Our friends The Marksmen have gone and done it again: a mashup of the Fab Four and Fela. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

FELA! coming to a cinema near YOU!

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FELA! to be broadcast in US and abroad from the London production of the Broadway sensation. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

FELA! Original Broadway Cast Recording nominated for a Grammy!

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Be sure to check out the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards on February 13, 2011 to see if FELA! can take home the award! Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Felabration 2010 Wrap-Up

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October was a crazy month of Felabrations! Check out pictures & videos from parties around the country after the jump... Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Fela & Me

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Following a screening of A Slice of Fela, a documentary on the life of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, friends and colleagues give personal recollections and take questions from the audience. Read more  /  Post a comment (2)

The Marksmen remix "Zombie"

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Leave it to the experts. Check out The Marksmen's take on 'Zombie' from FELA! The Original Broadway Cast Recording. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

FELA! Opens In London

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FELA! starring Broadway’s own Sahr Ngaujah, takes over London’s National Theatre beginning November 6th! Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

FELABRATION 2010!!

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It's Fela Kuti's birthday on October 15th, and parties celebrating the Nigerian revolutionary and master of Afrobeat are popping up across the country. With at least 12 Felabrations in the US alone (and more across Europe and Africa), it's clear that the Fela Kuti revival is here to stay. Check the dates after the jump... Read more  /  Post a comment (4)

What The Funk?! - Fela vs. James Brown

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Head to "Soiree":http://www.blvdnyc.com/ on Saturday, September 4th for a tribute to the Godfather Of Soul James Brown & The Afrobeat Pioneer Fela Kuti, plus the Official Re-Release Party for the Fela Kuti "Zombie Batch" Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Afrobeat Covers on Facebook

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Afrobeatology Afrobeat has started to compile a collection of CD & Vinyl album covers from all over the world. Look for album art from Knitting Factory artists Fela Kuti and Ghariokwu Lemi, and feel free to add to the collection! Read more  /  Post a comment (2)

New York Times: Femi Kuti, Guarding a Legacy From Nigeria to Broadway

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Larry Rohter of the New York Times discusses Femi's experience growing up and performing in the shadow of his father. Read more  /  Post a comment (2)

NPR: Beyond Fela Kuti, The Enduring Appeal Of Afrobeat

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NPR's Milo Miles examines the legacy of Fela's music, the new album "Secret Agent" by drummer Tony Allen, and other artists in the current Afrobeat Scene. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Life After Death: A Multi-Media Analysis of the Persona That Was/Is Fela Anikulapo Kuti

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Featuring artists from all over the Diaspora, this exhibition seeks to pay tribute to one of the African Diaspora’s most influential living ancestors as well as critique the complexity of his persona. Life After Death is a visual homage to a musical genius and perhaps one of contemporary history’s most powerful protest artists, Fela Kuti. Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) 408 West 58th Street, NYC June 11-August 6 Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Fela: The Man - The Artist

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Head to the Canvas Paper and Stone Gallery in Harlem to check out Howard T. Cash's exhibition, Fela: The Man - The Artist, featuring photos of Fela's life and times in the 1980s. But hurry, the exhibit ends June 26th! Read more  /  Post a comment (1)

Fela Kuti & Michael Jackson: The King Meets The President In Africa

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The King Meets The President In Africa is a brand new Michael Jackson “vs” Fela Kuti mash-up/remix project from Rich Medina and The Marksmen. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

UPR!SE Chicago!

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Head to The Shrine in Chicago every Wednesday from 9pm-2am for Revolutionary Sounds: From Fela to The Funk, and party Fela-style! Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

It's Official. Fela is everywhere!!

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As if a bunch of new books, reissued albums, remixes and, oh yeah... that whole Broadway musical thing... weren't enough, Focus Features has just announced that Chiwetel Ejiofor will star in an upcoming feature film about the life of Fela. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Drumming for Fela

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Jojo Kuo, one of Fela's drummers, gives a first-hand account of what it was like to be in Fela's band. Read more  /  Post a comment (2)

Na Poi Release Party Pictures

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Check out pictures from the Na Poi Release Party at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn! 5 Amazing DJs, African face-painting, and guest appearances by stars of Fela! The Musical were just some of the highlights of the evening. Check out the slideshow and hear more about the festivities from Rolling Stone after the jump... Read more  /  Post a comment (8)

The Na Poi Release Party

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To celebrate the Na Poi batch of re-releases, 6 of New York's finest DJ's will spin Fela-laced sets on Monday, May 10 at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. Read more  /  Post a comment (1)

11 Tony Nominations for Fela! on Broadway

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The Tony nominations are in, and Fela! on Broadway is at the top - with 11 nominations - the most of any new musical - it was a total sweep for Fela! Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

The Afrotreats Mixtape

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Showcasing the influence of Fela's music on hip-hop, DJ Dhundee's Afrotreats Mixtape features Fela samples on songs with Jay-Z, Common, The Roots, Missy Elliot, and more. Like what you hear? Come to the Knitting Factory Brooklyn this Monday, May 10th, to see DJ Dhundee perform live at the Na Poi release party! Download the mixtape, and see more details about Monday's event after the jump... Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Introducing The Na Poi Releases

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On May 11th, the second set of Fela reissues - the Na Poi Batch - will be released, featuring 7 CDs (14 albums total) of classic material from Fela's most prolific period. The Na Poi batch showcases the many different sides of Fela, from his powerful social commentary on songs like "Icy Blindness," "Expensive Shit," and "Yellow Fever," his personal philosophy on "Water Get No Enemy," and even his sensual side on "Na Poi." This is the music that made Fela a staple in Nigeria, Africa, and all over the world, and will continue to inspire fans for generations. Special packages through Knitting Factory Records website only... PRE-SALE BEGINS TODAY! Read more  /  Post a comment (10)

Record Store Day: The Vinyl Is Here!

On April 17th – official Record Store Day – at participating independent record stores you can find the extremely limited, 140-gram, 10-inch EP featuring Kuti’s “My Lady Frustration” and “Wayo” on the A-side and “Lover” + ”Eko” on the flip. RUN RUN RUN to your local participating indie record store as supplies won’t last…participating retailers after the jump. Read more  /  Post a comment (2)

"The Funky African": The Root's ?uestlove on Fela

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?uestlove talks about Fela, hip-hop, and being funky in this video. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

"The Funky African": The Root's ?uestlove on Fela

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?uestlove talks about Fela, hip-hop, and being funky in this video. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Fela on All Songs Considered

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NPR's All Songs Considered pays tribute to Fela and the new releases. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

The Chop 'N Quench Re-issues are here.

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The first batch of Fela Kuti re-issues have hit the street. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

"Black President" on new PBS series Soundtracks

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New PBS series "Soundtracks" features the life of Fela Kuti and his living legacy, Seun Kuti, in upcoming pilot airing January 25. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Pitchfork on Best of the Black President: "hypnotized by the sprit"

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The Pitchfork review is in: "Of all verbs commonly used to try and convey music's intensity, I prefer "boils" for Fela's-- nothing abstract, just a matter of excited molecules banging against each other to produce a state simultaneously sustainable, dangerous, and transformative." Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Amazon.com Celebrates Fela

*Amazon.com* is celebrating the music of Fela! Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Jay-Z, Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith join producing team of Fela! on Broadway

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*Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter* and *Will & Jada Pinkett Smith* have joined the producing team of *Fela!*, the new Broadway musical based on the life and music of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Fela featured in Billboard Magazine

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Fela Ringtones are Now Available

Ringtones for some of Fela's most popular songs, such as "Zombie", "Water Get No Enemy" and "I.T.T." are available for the first time! Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Broadway Musical Fela! Is Currently in Previews at Eugene O'Neill Theatre

FELA! opens November 24 on Broadway! Read more  /  Post a comment (0)

Knitting Factory Records to Begin Complete Fela Reissue Series

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Knitting Factory Records is very excited to announce that throughout 2010 we will remaster and reissue all 45 Fela titles in unique digi-packs with the original artwork and be issued on vinyl. Read more  /  Post a comment (0)