Felabration 2017: Photos From Afrobeat Musical Culture

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The 2017 edition of Felabration was just concluded and like every other, it was a celebration of music all the way. 

Felabration is a musical festival held in honor of the Afrobeat legend: Fela Kuti and Afrobeat.

It is one of the most anticipated events among music lovers.

This year’s edition which was tagged: The prophecy, graced musical celebrities from different genres.

Media personalities and of course music lovers from around the world were also present.

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Like most other felabration, the shrine was filled to capacity.

Music lovers, bloggers, radio, TV and newspaper media personalities, music artiste: up coming and celebrities and security personnel were also there to celebrate the Afrobeat culture. 

Those who could not get inside the building were content to sit outside.

Of course most of them were high in excitement with alcohol, cigarette and other intoxicants. Substances of which are trademark to the Afro beat culture. 

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When he is not writing, he can be found by the piano making music.

Femi Kuti Undergoes Emergency Surgery

Femi Kuti Undergoes Emergency Surgery

Femi Kuti, son of Afrobeat maestro Fela Kuti, underwent an emergency surgery at The Lagoon Hospital in Lagos on Sunday, November 22, for an undisclosed ailment.

Yeni Kuti, his elder sister, posted a photo of him while he lay in his hospital bed recuperating. Femi has been discharged from the hospital and will be at home recuperating for some weeks.

Yeni wrote: “Femi Kuti after the operation. Smiling, high on morphine. It’s a morphine thing.”

According to news, Funke, Femi Kuti’s ex-wife, who seems to have been around during the surgery, also shared a video clip of him leaving the hospital. She also joked about Femi composing new songs while he was intoxicated with pain medication.

Baba Made. Femi after his emergency surgery today. We thank God for his life. Everything went well and he is Home bound still strong.. Discharged this evening . Omo Baba E! Always strong no matter what they are going through. Kai !!! I have some very funny videos o when he was still high on morphine after the surgery!!! Hilarious. . I won’t post them yet till he is stronger. Thank you for all the prayers, messages, phone calls etc. God Bless. He composed like 10 songs in his pain killer morphine induced state! And the beat goes on. Watch out.

His numerous fans are praying for his quick recovery.

A philosophy graduate with a fastidious taste for literature, movies, arts and classical music, Victor likes honesty and result oriented hard-work.

How well do you know Fela Anikulapo Kuti?

How well do you know Fela Anikulapo Kuti?

Here are things you may not know about the Africa legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

How well do you know the father of Afrobeat Fela Anikulapo Kuti?

Arguably one of the greatest musician in Africa, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, even after his death, remains an inspiration for musician in Africa and beyond. Here are some facts you may not know about him.

1. Fela Kuti, born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti; was born on 15 October 1938 in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.

2. He modified his name to Fela Anikulapo Kuti, expunging his English name.

3. He was multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, human rights activist, and political maverick.

4. His mother, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, was a feminist activist in the anti-colonial movement; his father, Reverend Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti, a Protestant minister and school principal, was the first president of the Nigeria Union of Teachers.

5. His brothers, Beko Ransome-Kuti and Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, both medical doctors, are well known in Nigeria.

6. Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, is Fela’s cosuin

7. Fela was sent to London in 1958 to study medicine but decided to study music instead at the Trinity College of Music, the trumpet being his preferred instrument.

8. In 1960, Fela married his first wife, Remilekun (Remi) Taylor, with whom he would have three children (Femi, Yeni, and Sola).

9. He was a torn on the flesh of military governments in Nigeria and was jailed on several occasions.

10. On 3 August 1997, Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, already a prominent AIDS activist and former Minister of Health, stunned the nation by announcing his younger brother’s death a day earlier from Kaposi’s sarcoma which was brought on by AIDS. More than a million people attended Fela’s funeral at the site of the old Shrine compound. A new Africa Shrine has opened since Fela’s death in a different section of Lagos under the supervision of his son Femi Kuti.

Felabration week has commenced in Lagos in commemoration of the life and contributions of Fela in music, politics and social welfare in Nigeria and Africa at large.

A philosophy graduate with a fastidious taste for literature, movies, arts and classical music, Victor likes honesty and result oriented hard-work.