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FELA! on Broadway Provokes NYPD 'Cover-up'


Last week, New York's finest spent their time courageously protecting the public by painting over a mural inspired by  FELA! on Broadway.  The mural depicted the coffins that  Fela and his wives carry on stage with epitaph names such as  Sean Bell, Rodney King, Trayvon Martin, and institutions and global corporations such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Halliburton, and Monsanto - as a way of remembering who the real victims and culprits of corruption and violence are. Inspired by the show, artist Alan Kets painted the image of the coffins on a wall in Inwood- with permission from the local grocery who owns it - and added to the tombstone list the NYPD as a way of  reacting to the recent spate of killings of innocent people at the hands of the police force.  The NYPD swiftly sent over two of eight on-duty officers from the 34th Precinct to paint the wall black. Locals, quoted in the full article here, questioned the use of resources (certainly there are more urgent needs, no?). And, of course, it's probably illegal to paint over private property. Fela's spirit certainly lives on - and so do his enemies: corruption, the abuse of power, and mindless tyranny.

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Wizkid & MUT4Y's New Video For 'Manya' Will Give You Life

Starboy heads to Fela's New Afrika Shrine in the video for this heavy dance tune featuring MUT4Y and Killertunes.

Wizkid's back with "Manya," another track set to heat up dance floors across Nigeria and the globe.

For this new single, Wizkid connects with MUT4Y, one half of the star production duo Legendury Beatz. The addictive new tune was produced by Killertunes.

The song's new music video, which comes courtesy of Director Q, was shot at the Fela Kuti family's New Afrika Shrine. It's got a mixture of red-tinted studio shots and impressive stage performances that will give you life.

Just a few days ago, Wizkid joined Tekno on another single, "Mama," which you can check out here.

Watch the new music video for Wizkid and MUT4Y's "Manya," below.



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