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Fela: From West Africa to West Broadway
Combine elements of Bob Marley, Malcolm X and Patrice Lumumba you get a sense of the power of the world's wildest rockstar. Fela created Afrobeat, 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, co ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 4th 2003 by St. Martin's Griffin
(first published 2003)
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Maybe the only writable book about Fela Kuti is just a collection of someone else's shit about him. He would be a biographer's dream -- it seems like every moment of his life is something you would want to read about -- but he's a total hot potato, full of such striking contradictions that he's hard to put down on paper. In any case, this book succeeds in collecting several of these contradictions between two covers and that alone makes it worth the read. You don't get the whole picture, but you ...more
I didn't exactly read this book. I simply choose it because in my Play's class we did a unit on Fela Kuti where we did a lot of research on Fela's life in Nigeria and how he used his musical talents as a weapon to express his political opinions since he also was a political activist. After all our research, we then saw the play Fela on broadway. It was phenomenal.