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Unreleased Audio: Fela Kuti & Egypt 80 Live In 1981 Amsterdam & 1988 Lagos Sunsplash

Download unreleased audio files from Fela Kuti & Egypt 80's 1981/1988 shows in Amsterdam and Lagos. .


We're one week into October and Fela Kuti's birthday month is already proving to be HUGE. Last week saw a 'First Listen' of the upcoming RED HOT + Fela LP along with Baloji's "Buy Africa" lyric vid. Still to come is tomorrow's official RED HOT + FELA drop, a Fela-inspired music slot on Fallon (10/11), AND, our very own FELABRATION at the Brooklyn Bowl on 10/17.

In the latest awesome bit of news, Funk It Blog has paid an early birthday tribute to the late greatest through the release of previously unreleased Fela recordings circa 1980s. It's a mystery to us how the live funk dedicated site obtained their hands on gold, but no doubt it's a fresh soundtrack for the monthlong celebration. The offering includes four cuts total, clocking in at just over two hours of history now frozen through mp3. Listen to "Original Sufferhead" in Amsterdam below and download the string of recordings via Funk It Blog.

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1981 Amsterdam:

1) "Gov’t Chicken Boy" [27:29]

2) Original Sufferhead [35:26]

1988 Lagos Sunsplash:

1) "Big Blind Country" [22:20]

2) "O.D.O.O." [39:40]

>>>DOWNLOAD FELA KUTI & EGYPT 80 LIVE IN 1981 AMSTERDAM & 1988 LAGOS SUNSPLASH HERE

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Let Jojo Abot's New Afrofuturistic Video Hypnotize You

The Ghanaian artist releases the new video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," an entirely iPhone-recorded track.

Jojo Abot is rounding out a strong year which has seen her tour South Africa, release the NGIWUNKULUNKULU EP and work with institutions like the New Museum, Red Bull Sound Select and MoMA on her art and performances.

Jojo is now sharing her latest music video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," a song featured on her iPhone-only production project, Diary Of A Traveler.

"Nye Veve Sese is an invitation to let go of the burden of pain and suffering that keeps us from becoming our best and greatest selves," a statement from Jojo's team reads. "Asking the question of why pain is pleasurable to both the one in pain and the source of the pain. Often time the two being one and the same."

Watch her new "meditative piece," which was shot in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, below.

Jojo Abot will be playing her final US show of the year in New York City alongside Oshun on October 26 at Nublu 151. Grab your tickets here.

A Nigerian Label Is Suing Nas For Not Delivering a Good Verse

M.I and Chocolate City filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court claiming Nas didn't deliver the verse they wanted.

Nigerian star M.I and his label home Chocolate City are suing Queenbridge legend Nasir Jones.

In the lawsuit, which was filed in the New York State Supreme Court, Nas and Mass Appeal Records' Ronnie Goodman are accused of ripping off Chocolate City after they'd paid the rapper $50,000 for the verse.

According to the lawsuit, back in 2013, Nas and Goodman agreed to contribute a verse to a track from M.I. The stipulations were that Nas was supposed to mention "M.I, Chocolate City, Nigeria, Queens, New York—NAS's hometown—, Mandela, Trayvon Martin, and the struggles of Africans and African Americans" in his verse.

Nas did, in fact, deliver a verse but it didn't mention any of the subject matter Chocolate City had asked for.

The Nigerian label requested that the Queens rapper to re-record the verse, which now three year later, has never happened despite them delivering the $50,000 payment. Hence, that's why they're now suing him, they mention.

It's not all fighting words, though, as Chocolate City is very complementary to Nas in the lawsuit calling him "a highly respected lyricist in the music industry" and writing that they wanted a verse from him "because of NAS's exceptional talent as a lyric writer."

Unfortunately that talent and lyricism was no where to be found in the verse they got, in the eyes of Chocolate City and M.I.

Revisit M.I's "Chairman" above.

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5 Things We Learned From the TEF Entrepreneurship Forum

Over 1,300 African entrepreneurs, business leaders and policymakers attended the 3rd Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum in Lagos—here are the highlights.

The Nigerian Law School in Lagos, Nigeria, was transformed into a buzzing enclave of substantial conversation, intentional encouragement, and unbeatable energy.

The third Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum was the most inclusive gathering of African experts in business, entrepreneurship and policy, where all 54 African countries were represented with more than 1,300 attendees. These entrepreneurs and thought leaders are innovators across a diverse array of sectors like agriculture, technology, healthcare, fashion and energy/power generation.

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