Fela Kuti: London Felabration '13 Exclusive Videos

Watch exclusive live performances from last year's Fela Kuti Felabration bash in London.

Last December, London held an all-out bash in celebration of Fela Kuti and the release of the Red Hot + Fela compilation. The Felabration festivities featured performances from a wide-ranging roster of acts, each inspired by Fela in their own way, including the likes of  BalojiOlugbenga (of Metronomy)Afrikan Boy, Sam Duckworth (of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly), Shingai Shoniwa (of the Noisettes), TY, Blak Twang, ESKA, Zee Gachette (Z-Star), and plenty more. All the artists covered classic Fela tracks aided by the night’s house band Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra  led by former Egypt 80 keyboard player Dele Sosimi.

This week, we'll be premiering exclusive videos from the night's performances right here on this space. To kick it off we have Dele Sosimi's rendition of "Too Much Information," Baloji's live version of his contribution to Red +Hot Fela "Buy Africa," Shingai Shoniwa performing "Lady" and Dele Sosimi, Sam Duckworth, ESKA & The Goldsmith Vocal Ensemble tackling "Water No Get Enemy." Keep checking back every day this week for more videos to drop.


Dele Sosimi "Too Much Information"

Baloji & Dele Sosimi "Buy Africa"

Sam Duckworth, ESKA, The Goldsmith Vocal Ensemble & Dele Sosimi "Water No Get Enemy"

Shingai Shoniwa & Dele Sosimi "Lady"

Olugbenga & Dele Sosimi "Sorrow Tears & Blood"

Zee Gachette, Blak Twang & Dele Sosimi "Shuffering & Shmiling"

Trinity Laban Students & Dele Sosimi "Coffin For Head of State"

Zee Gachette, The Goldsmiths Vocal Ensemble & ESKA "Zombie"

Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra "Opposite People"

Keazor "Fogo Fogo"

The Dele Sosimi Orchestra"Turbulent Times" (Dele Sosimi Original)

Shingai Shoniwa, Keazor & Dele Sosimi "Kalakuta Show"

Shingai Shoniwa, Zee Gachette, Blak Twang, The Goldsmiths Vocal Ensemble, Eska, Keazor & Dele Sosimi "Shakara"


Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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