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Beyonce Recorded A Fela Kuti-Inspired Album

The-Dream reveals that Beyonce recorded a 20-track Fela Kuti-inspired album before 2011 in his Genius annotation of "End Of Time."


While we've previously theorized about Beyonce's African-indebted reinventions, we never expected this one. Hitmaker producer The-Dream — the man behind "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie-sampling "Flawless," "Run the World (Girls)" and many more — reveals in his Genius annotation of "End Of Time" that Beyonce recorded a 20-track Fela Kuti-inspired album right before 2011's 4 LP:

"We did a whole Fela album that didn’t go up," The-Dream writes on Genius. "It was right before we did 4. We did a whole different sounding thing, about twenty songs. She said she wanted to do something that sounds like Fela. That’s why there’s so much of that sound in the “End of Time." There’s always multiple albums being made. Most of the time we’re just being creative, period. We’re talking about B, somebody who sings all day long and somebody who writes all day long. There’s probably a hundred records just sitting around."

Here's to hoping those unheard Fela-inspired tracks make it out someday. In the meantime, revisit Beyonce's afrobeat-influenced "End Of Time" live at Roseland Ballroom below.

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Nana Mensah's 'Queen of Glory' To Screen At The 2021 TriBeCa Film Festival

Ghanaian-American actress, writer and filmmaker Nana Mensah talks tenacity in filmmaking and telling immigrant stories from a joyful perspective.

Much has changed in the time since Nana Mensah first had the idea for her directorial feature debut — a dark comedy about a Ghanaian-American scientist trying to reconcile her family heritage in the wake of her mother's death — and began the Kickstarter in 2014 that would help turn it into a film. It may have taken a few years, but the movie Queen of Glory is now showcasing as part of the TriBeCa Film Festival's 20th edition, with a world premiere set to take place at Hudson River Park on June 15th.

When Mensah began working on the film, she was trying to break into an industry that lacked roles for complex, conflicted characters — particularly for Black women. So, she co-founded a production company with her friend Anya Migdal to create those very kinds of projects. She has since forged a solid stage and screen career, with roles in Netflix's Bonding and 13 Reasons Why, as well as NBC's New Amsterdam, and in theatrical productions alongside the likes of Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Anthony Mackie. Last year she was in Ekwa Msinga's Farewell Amor, as well as Apple's Anthology series Little America, and she'll soon be seen in Netflix's The Chair with Sandra Oh this summer and Kogonada's upcoming film After Yang, with Colin Farrell. Yet through it all, Mensah has never lost sight of finishing her first film project.

She opens up about what it took to get the film from a mere idea to the TriBeCa Film Festival.

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Zambian President Edgar Lungu Collapses During Televised Ceremony

Secretary to Cabinet, Simon Miti confirmed that the head of state experienced sudden dizziness during a commemoration ceremony in Lusaka on Sunday.