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Thabo & The Real Deal's Bare-Boned Soul 'World War Free'

Thabo & The Real Deal channel Bob Marley, Fela Kuti and Dolly Parton in their soulful "World War Free.:


Thabo & The Real Deal are a bare-boned soul quartet fronted by Zimbabwean singer Thabo Mkwananzi who cheekily describe themselves as "X-Factor contestants when the judges were Bob Marley, Fela Kuti and Dolly Parton." The group's compositions tackle socio-political issues with gripping minimal arrangements handled by a Fender rhodes piano, percussion and acoustic guitar. Watch their video for "World War Free" below, grab the track and hear from at their bandcamp.

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Interview: Made Kuti Talks Afrobeat, Activism & Family Legacy

We speak with Made about his debut album and the part he's playing in keeping the Kuti heritage alive.

It's all about happiness for Made Kuti. He wants to spend his entire life making music and living contentedly while doing so. This is why he is living above pressures, people's expectations of what the legendary Fela's grandson should look like and the kind of music he should be making.

"My goal is to attain internal happiness and I know that this can't come externally. It can't come from what people think of me and it can't come from me searching for other people's approval and I understood that long ago."

While he was alive, Fela Anikulapo Kuti—the legendary creator of the afrobeat genre—had bragged multiple times about his immortality and how he would never die. Many had understood his claim to be literal, when he in fact meant that his work and legacy would forever be remembered. Proof of this is a joint album project by Femi Kuti and Made Kuti, son and grandson of the man who is arguably the greatest musician to have emerged from the African continent.

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