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Fela Documentary on BBC Radio + FELA! in SF/LA


BBC Radio 6 is now airing The Afrobeat Revolutionary, a documentary on musical pioneer, political activist and all-around icon Fela Kuti. The program, narrated by Neneh Cherry, draws on recollections from Fela's closest friends, family and "star" fans including Seun Kuti, Tony Allen, and Damon Albarn. Stream Afrobeat Revolutionary in its entirety below.

For our West Coasters: catch FELA! the musical in San Francisco up 'til Dec. 11 and Los Angeles starting Dec. 14. Grab tickets here and follow/add FELA! for updates on the show's upcoming stops!

Stream: The Afrobeat Revolutionary

Music

Burna Boy and J Hus Link Up For This New Banger, 'Sekkle Down'

Burna and J Hus wrote your new favorite jam.

Burna Boy connects with British-Gambian J Hus—who's been buzzing this year with "Did You See" and his debut Common Sense—for "Sekkle Down."

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From Ernest Dükü's 'Black Series.' Courtesy of Sitor Senghor.

Ernest Dükü's 'Black Series' Is an Exploration of African Spiritual Symbols

We caught up with the Ivorian veteran artist for an in-depth conversation around his new artworks.

Ernest Dükü walks gently into the courtyard of London's Somerset House. With his greying hair spiking from his head and wearing the uniform of the fashionably ragged scholar—black suit-jacket and a scarf—he could be confused for a visitor to the 1.54 Contemporary African Art Fair. But Dükü, is an acclaimed Ivorian artist, here for the first UK showing of his new works titled "Black Series."

The 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair is the single largest exhibition of works from African artists from the continent and its diaspora in the UK. For this fifth edition, 130 artists and 42 galleries occupied all three wings at Somerset House in central London drawing in a reported 17,000 visitors. Dükü's works have been selected for many group exhibitions in his France and Ivory Coast, but less so in the US or UK. A major exhibition of his works in Abidjan is being planned for 2018.

Born in 1958 in Ivory Coast, Dükü attended Abidjan's Fine Arts School in the late 1970s before moving to France to study architecture and aesthetics and sciences of art. He now divides his time and practice between both countries though his work is known for transcending way beyond present geographical boundaries and time spans.

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Music

South Africa’s Loyiso & Swaziland’s Sands Release a Heart-Melting Duet

Loyiso and Sands' IsiXhosa and SiSwati vocals blend well over a mellow piano key-heavy instrumental in "Ndimbonile."

For his latest single "Ndimbonile," South African veteran R&B singer Loyiso joined forces with Swazi soul singer Sands.

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