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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Eedris AbdulKareem: Buhari Killed Fela Kuti

Eedris AbdulKareem: Buhari Killed Fela Kuti

Controversial Nigerian rapper, Eedris AbdulKareem recently accused President Buhari of killing Fela Kuti when the former was a military head of state.

Popular Nigerian rapper, Eedris AbdulKareem accused President Buhari of killing the Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. The former Remedies rapper said this on stage at the Felabration festival.

Fela ‘Abami Eda’ Anikulapo-Kuti was arrested several times under various military regimes. Fela was sentenced to five years in prison under the then Buhari-led government for currency smuggling in 1983, something several rights groups like Amnesty International, considered politically motivated.

The late Afrobeat icon only regained his freedom two years later when Gen. Ibrahim Babangida came into power in a coup that ousted Buhari.

Seun Kuti, son of Fela ‘Abami Eda’, also showed dissatisfaction when Buhari was back as a democratic president. He was reported by The Guardian UK as saying about Buhari:

For you to jail that man you must be inherently evil.

Eedris AbdulKareem, on October 16 ranted on stage about Buhari killing ‘Abami Eda’. As reported by Naijaside, rapper vented that;

In 1976, na Buhari kill Fela. Na the same old people dey rule us.

Same rapper Eedris AbdulKareem had a serious problem with former president Olusegun Obasanjo, with his song “Nigeria Jaga Jaga”.

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

Majek Fashek Returns After Months In Rehab

Majek Fashek Returns After Months In Rehab

After some months in rehab, Majek Fashek is back with a bang as he thrilled fans with a splendid performance at this year’s Felabration festival.

Veteran Nigerian Reggae singer, Majek Fashek was spotted backstage at the show preparing for his first performance following his stint at rehabilitation center in Abuja for substance abuse.

The iconic singer stepped out for the first time post-rehab at the 2015 edition of the annual Felabration festival.

Felabration 2015 kicked off on Monday, October 12 and so far has been dominated by great performances from top Nigerian musicians.

At this year’s Felabration festival, Majek Fashek stepped out with his red garment while ringing a bell.

He thrilled the audience, taking them down memory lane with a top notch performance.

The sensational reggae musician had battled with drugs and alcohol abuse for years. He was eventually checked into a rehabilitation centre following a social media outcry at his deterioration. His stay in rehab was reportedly sponsored by popular Warri billionaire Ayiri Emani.

In rehab, Majek Fashek was visited by several celebrities including the popular Charlie Boy.

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.

Sandra Izsadore, Fela Kuti’s Lover Lands Nigeria

Sandra Izsadore, Fela Kuti's Lover Lands Nigeria

Girlfriend of the late Fela Kuti, Sandra Izsadore is presently in Nigeria for this year’s annual edition of Felabration.

Sandra Izsadore, the heart throb of late Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti,  is in the country for this year’s annual edition of Felabration.

Felabration is yearly celebration of Fela’s legacy and philosophy. The celebration lasts an entire week. This year’s edition starts on October 13, 2015.

Born Sandra Smith in Los Angeles, Izsadore was a young, afro-sporting dancer and Black Panther when she was introduced to Fela Ransome Kuti at a gig at LA’s Ambassador Hotel in 1969.

Sandra Izsadore who was Fela’s lover, friend and teacher, gave him a copy of The Autobiography of Malcolm X and opening his eyes to Black consciousness. Their relationship had its stormy side too, and it was this that inspired Fela when he sat at the piano in Sandra’s parents’ house, composed the song “My Lady’s Frustration” and invented afrobeat.
Izsadore sang lead vocals on the Africa 70 classic “Upside Down” and is still involved in music, often working with LA’s Afrobeat Down. 

Sandra Izsadore and  Fela Kuti

She will speak at Fela Debates alongside Ayo Obe, Kunle Ajibade and Chidi Odinkalu. She will be talking on the topic ‘Human Rights as My Property’ as part of the programme for Felabration.

Three years ago Sandra Izsadore released an album titled Nigeria which features 9ice and Dakore Egbuson

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