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This Dance Video Celebrates the Legacy of Fela Kuti Featuring Our New Capsule Collection

Watch a fusion of ballet and modern dance to a powerful rendition of Fela Kuti's "Lady."

OkayAfrica presents a new capsule collection paying homage to the father of afrobeat, Fela Kuti.

Designed by Bawo Lawal, the collection highlights your favorite songs and his legendary band while giving you streetstyle vibes.

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You Can Now Order Erykah Badu's Fela Kuti Box Set

Grab your copy of the 7 vinyl box set from the king of afrobeat, selected by Erykah Badu.

Knitting Factory Records has announced the upcoming arrival of their new Fela Kuti box set, which will be curated by none-other-than Erykah Badu.

The 7 LP release includes Badu's "favorite Fela Piece of all times," 1980's Coffin For Head of State, alongside Yellow Fever (1976), No Agreement (1977), J.J.D. (Johnny Just Drop) (1977), V.I.P. (1979), Army Arrangement (1984), and Underground System (1992).

Even better yet, you can now pre-order Erykah Badu's Fela box set from our OkayAfrica shop.

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Fela Kuti's Home To Become A National Museum in Nigeria

The Ogun State Government is planning to turn the afrobeat legend's ancestral home into a museum.

This year, which marks the 20th anniversary of Fela Kuti's death, will see the Ransome-Kuti family get a distinguished recognition from the Nigerian government, in collaboration with the Ogun State.

The Ransome-Kuti's ancestral home in the state's capital of Abeokuta will be turned into a museum, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, confirmed to Punch.

"We have always said that one of the important assets we have is our cultural heritage, our history and this project, which is going to immortalise the Ransome-Kuti family, is laudable and admirable," Lai Mohammed told Punch.

"The family, as you know, represent different things to different people, whether you talk about education, emancipation, music or entertainment. Therefore, this attempt by the government at immortalising the family by preserving and restoring the ancestral home is very commendable."

The Ransome-Kuti's ancestral home in the Ogun State capital of Abeokuta.

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The new museum will be called the Heritage Museum and is set to open next year.

Governor Amosun added that "the Kuti family is one of those illustrious families that conquered the world, not only Ogun Sate or Abeokuta or Nigeria . Indeed, at times when I am away in the US and I take a cab, the music I hear is that of great Fela himself."

"Fela was far ahead of his time. For us, it will be in our interest to let people know his origin, his root," he told Punch.

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