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Fela : From West Africa to West Broadway

Fela : From West Africa to West Broadway - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-1403962102

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ISBN13: 978-1403962102
ISBN10: 1403962103
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Palgrave
Published: 2003
International: No

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Fela : From West Africa to West Broadway - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-1403962102

Trevor Schoonmaker

ISBN13: 978-1403962102
ISBN10: 1403962103
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Palgrave
Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

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, 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 Mos Def, mourned by millions after his death from AIDS in 1997. These essays explore his fiery life and ever-growing legacy.

Table of Contents

The Father, the Sons, and the Holy Ghost
African Who Sang and Saw Tomorrow
Power Music, Electric Revival: Fela Kuti and the Influence of His Afrobeat on Hip-Hop and Dance Music
Resurrection Shuffle
Interview
Producing Fela's Album Jackets
Fela and the Black President Film: A Diary
Dis Fela Sef! - Fela in Lagos
Thinking Africa: Afrobeat Aesthetic and the Dancing Queens
Fela, Women, Wives
School Days in Lagos - Fela, Lady, and "Acada" Girls
Interview
On Whose Side are the Orisa (gods)?
Roforofo Fight: Fela's Resistance of Domination
Fela Timeline
Map of Nigeria

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