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Felabration 2016: Why We Love Fela Kuti

We weren’t exaggerating when we said last night one was one of music in Lagos! As well as the Coke Studio Launch party, the Hard Rock Café celebrated the 15th edition of Felabration, with special guests Femi Kuti, son of the legendary musician Fela Kuti.

“We are proud to be part of this remarkable event that celebrates a true born Nigerian Icon and happy to say that Hard Rock Café has become the musical hub for Lagos”- Kersi Marker, General Manager, Hard Rock Café Lagos.

In 1988, another of Fela Kuti’s son, Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti, conceived the idea of Felabration, an annual music festival to celebrate the work of his much loved father on the week of his birthday. This celebration is not limited to Nigeria alone. Last week London had its on Felabratioin at the Electric Ballroom. World wide, exhibitions and performances are being held to commemorate the work of this sensational artist.

The reality is that art, in this case music, has the ability to transcend the barriers that the artist himself cannot. Although he has passed away, Fela’s work lives on; it is the music we remember. To this day, African artists attest to how inspirational Fela’s music has been on their own work. We still love and listen to Fela because his words still resonate with us today. His music spoke to a human truth, an aspiration for more, for better, both within ourselves and within our  communities. Perhaps we will forever go on listening to his works; no matter how much change it moves us to affect there will always be other  means of progression.

We wish you all a happy Felabratioin.

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Ama Badu

For reviews, premiers and red carpet events on the Afro-British scene, Ama is your go-to blogger. With an analytical mind and articulate pen, she hopes to write articles that will get Africa (and indeed the world) discussing “real” issues and tangible solutions.

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