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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

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Photo: Kelenna Ogboso.

These Women Are Breaking Boundaries In Nigeria's Creative Spaces

We speak to five women about their work and contributions to Nigerian society & creative spaces, despite their patriarchal nature.

"African women in general need to know that it's ok for them to be the way they are–to see the way they are as a strength, and to be liberated from fear and from silence" —Wangarĩ Muta Maathai

These words prompt one to think about how terrible a job the media does in sharing the stories of African women. As journalists, our work is based on telling African stories, and the gap of female stories is a very apparent one that needs filling. It's important to have an environment that appreciates fearless and unapologetic women chasing their dreams and breaking the boundaries before them.

We caught up with Toketemu Ohwovoriole, a multimedia storyteller & journalist; Solis, a singer, songwriter, poet, & muse; Lauretta Yemoja, a beauty artist and rapper/singer; Tiwa Pearl, a dancer and creative; and Oyinkansola Dada, an art curator and founder of art gallery Polartics, to talk about their careers.

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Pretoria-based producer Clxrity did not expect the life-changing opportunities that came from producing Elaine's hit single 'You're The One' and her EP 'Elements'.