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.
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.