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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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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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