Sunday, August 26, 2007

02.27.07: Tribute to FELA KUTI

"It's almost impossible to overstate the impact and importance of Fela Anikulapo (Ransome) Kuti (or just Fela as he's more commonly known) to the global musical village: producer, arranger, musician, political radical, outlaw. He was all that, as well as showman par excellence, inventor of Afro-beat, an unredeemable sexist, and a moody megalomaniac. His death on August 3, 1997 of complications from AIDS deeply affected musicians and fans internationally, as a musical and sociopolitical voice on a par with Bob Marley was silenced. A press release from the United Democratic Front of Nigeria on the occasion of Fela's death noted: "Those who knew you well were insistent that you could never compromise with the evil you had fought all your life. Even though made weak by time and fate, you remained strong in will and never abandoned your goal of a free, democratic, socialist Africa." This is as succinct a summation of Fela's political agenda as one is likely to find."

-John Dougan (

Tonight on WE'RE GONNA BE TIMELESS, we will be spinning 2 hours of Fela Kuti. He was a musical force of nature on par with James Brown, Duke Ellington and the aforementioned Bob Marley. Totally infectious and a timeless original.

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