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Where To Watch the Felabration 2021 Concerts This Week

'Viva Nigeria! Viva Africa!'

The annual music and arts festival held in honor of Nigerian musician Fela Kuti is back and set to hit screens this week! The week-long 'Felabration' festival celebrates the life, times, and legacy that the late king of afrobeat has left behind. Fela Kuti's influence continues to ring on, both in music and his groundbreaking activism towards a safer and more free Nigeria.

This year rings in the 50th anniversaries of two of Kuti's most popular and adored records, London Scene as well as the highly celebrated album made in collaboration with former Cream drummer, Ginger Baker, 'Live!'

Partisan Records will be re-releasing both albums on vinyl this fall; 'London Scene' on November 5th and 'Live! With Ginger Baker' out on November 19th. The latter project features remastered audio from Fela's original recordings made at infamous British recording studio Abbey Road Studios.


And that's not all, folks!

A recently unearthed second drum solo from legendary Nigerian drummer Tony Allen and Ginger Baker, taken from Afrika 70's performance at the 1978 Berlin Jazz Festival has been made available for streaming now! With a separate Allen and Baker drum solo appearing on previous versions of 'Live! With Ginger Baker,' however, this newly released second part has never been heard by afrobeat lovers - until now.

With Berlin's 1978 Jazz Festival marking Fela's final and most pivotal live performance with Afrika 70's, it's sure to be performances and memories that long-time fans are excited to revisit.

Check out the streaming schedule for Felabration 2021 here. You can tune into DSTV channel 198 and GOTV Channel 29, to catch the week of live streams. Streaming will also be available on Facebook and Instagram.

Listen to the newly released second drum solo from Nigerian drummer Tony Allen and former Cream drummer Ginger Baker below.


Fela Kuti - Ginger Baker and Tony Allen Drum Solo (Part 2) (Official Audio) www.youtube.com

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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