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Fela

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Combine elements of Bob Marley, Malcolm X and Patrice Lumumba and you get a sense of the power of the world's wildest rock star. Fela created Afro beat, an infectious mix of American funk and jazz with traditional Yoruba and highlife music.

Combine elements of Bob Marley, Malcolm X and Patrice Lumumba and you get a sense of the power of the world's wildest rock star. Fela created Afro beat, an infectious mix of American funk and jazz with traditional Yoruba and highlife music, and used it to rail against the corrupt, hypocritical Nigerian government. Repeatedly targeted by police and military for his rebellious, counter-culture lifestyle, he created a political party and seceded from the Nigerian state, renaming his commune the independent Kalakuta Republic.

Cultural icon and beloved hero of the pan-African world, Fela loomed large: captivating enormous crowds with electric performances (in Speedos or superfly suits), cherished by musicians from Paul McCartney to Stevie Wonder, mourned by millions after his death from AIDS in 1997. These essays explore his fiery life and ever-growing legacy.

About the Author
Trevor Schoonmaker
is the Director of the Fela Project and Curator of the exhibition, Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

Parameters of Book: Book
Sub-title: From West Africa to West Broadway
Author: Trevor Schoonmaker
ISBN: 9781919931760
Size (mm): 210x148mm
Pages: 224pp
format: Paperback
Colour: Black & White
Rights: South Africa
Language: English
Publication Date: 2003-01-01