Playing tracks by
Jay-Z feat Fela Kuti, Funkees, Manu Dibango, Alèmayéhu Eshèté, ORGONE and more.
Most of us know about Afrobeat by now - have heard some modern incarnation, been there and bought the t-shirt. It hit me recently how this music has gone out of vogue and now risks being yesterdays fashion, eclipsed maybe by the modern disco epiphany the world seems to be experiencing. Thrust into the modern consciousness by Fela Kuti, the Nigerian heavyweight who orated, instigated and led the movement in Lagos in it's heyday - his voice the signature of authenticity which commands respect all over the world today. Fela's was the most enigmatic rebel music I had heard since Bob Marley and while his legacy wasn't as far reaching he is finally getting the recognition he deserved. Apart from taking on the Nigerian government, few people know he turned down Paul McCartney's offer to collaborate possibly with the Beatles or that James Brown sent his arranger David Matthews to study Fela's drummer Tony Allen. All said and done this isn't strictly afrobeat, more an afrobeat inspired mix.