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Fela Kuti: 'Saluting The Black President' Exclusive Videos

Watch exclusive video recaps of the entire Fela Kuti afrobeat tribute show in London.


On May 17, a host of artists came together at the 229 Club in central London to salute The Black President, afrobeat originator Fela Kuti. The sold-out show brought together a slew of legendary musicians Fela worked with as well a batch of artists that simply wanted to express their respect — the lineup included Cream/Blind Faith drummer and Fela collaborator Ginger Baker, afrobeat percussion pioneer and Fela’s drummer Tony Allen, Fela’s keyboardist Dele Sosimi, plus a crop of Fela-inspired acts like Afrikan Boy, Keziah JonesShingai Shoniwa (of The Noisettes), TYBlak TwangBREISTerri WalkerKOF and Bumi Thomas. All the performers offered their interpretations of Fela songs aided by the backing grooves of Dele Sosimi and his Afrobeat Orchestra.

With the help of Knitting Factory and the Fela team, we'll be releasing the entire show in separate video segments published each day up until the FREE Okayafrica presented Femi Kuti & The Positive Force concert at Central Park Summer Stage, with Sinkane and King Britt [SHOW INFO]. Keep an eye on this space for the all the videos to drop!

"Gentleman" performed by Afrikan Boy and Dele Sosimi

"Sorrow, Tears & Blood" performed by Breis & Dele Sosimi's Afrobeat Orchestra

"Ololufemi" performed by Bumi Thomas

"Zombie" performed by TY & Dele Sosimi's Afrobeat Orchestra

"Shuffering & Shmiling" performed by Black Twang & Dele Sosimi's Afrobeat Orchestra

"Lady" performed by Shingai Shoniwa, Breis & Dele Sosimi

"Trouble Sleep Yango Go Wake Am" performed by Keziah Jones & Dele Sosimi's Afrobeat Orchestra

"Water No Get Enemy" performed by KOF & Terri Walker

"Upside Down" by Tony Allen & Biola Dosunmu, backed by Dele

"Egbe Mi O" performed by Tony Allen & Ginger Baker

"Ye Ye De Smell" performed by Tony Allen, Ginger Baker & Dele Sosimi's Afrobeat Orchestra

"Opposite People" by TY & Tony Allen, backed by Dele Sosimi's Afrobeat Orchestra

"Shakara" by TY, Breis, Shingai Shoniwa & Black Twang, backed by Dele Sosimi's Afrobeat Orchestra

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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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