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 Baloji, Olugbenga (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"