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Fela Lives! Felabration Live In New York City [Okayafrica TV]

Watch as Sahr, star of the Fela! musical, transforms into Fela Kuti for New York City's Felabration 2013.


Okayafrica recently joined forces with Red Hot + Fela to host New York City's FELABRATION bash in honor of the godfather Fela Kuti. The festivities kicked off with some afrobeat tunes and classic Fela footage beaming off the Brooklyn Bowl speakers & screens onto a packed crowd. The Fela! Band, fronted by Sahr Ngaujah (the star of FELA! on Broadway) and a pair of hypnotizing dancers, mesmerized the stage with a wide selection of the afrobeat king's standouts. Okayafrica TV trailed Sahr as he readied himself for his transformation into Fela Kuti, a ritual he described as' opening up to enigmatic energy' and likened to communion — but mainly, he just wished Fela's family would approve. Watch the OKATV episode below.

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The 10 Best HHP Songs Ranked

On the second anniversary of HHP's passing, we rank 10 of the South African hip-hop legend's best songs.

Jabulani Tsambo, popularly known by his alias HHP, was a pivotal part of South African hip-hop. Renowned for trailblazing the motswako sub-genre in the early 2000s, the rapper sadly passed away on October 24th, 2018 after a long and much publicised bout with depression.

During his active years, which span two decades (from 1997 to 2018), he was instrumental in breaking barriers and bridging the gap between kwaito and hip-hop in SA, from the late 90s to early 2000s.

He became a household name in the 2000s as he spearheaded the motswako movement, propelling it to the mainstream and solidifying his legendary status in the process.

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