Events

Saluting The Black President Fela Kuti in London w/ Ginger Baker & Tony Allen!

Fela Kuti lives on at the upcoming London tribute concert with Ginger Baker, Tony Allen and more!


Fela Kuti lives! Knitting Factory Records and London concert promoters AGMP have put together an incredible roster of artists for the upcoming Saluting The Black President FELA KUTI concert. The show will feature a slew of legendary musicians Fela worked with as well a batch of artsits that simply wanted to express their respect — the lineup includes Cream/Blind Faith drummer and Fela collaborator Ginger Baker (drummer and Fela collaborator), afrobeat percussion pioneer and Fela's drummer Tony Allen, Fela's keyboardist Dele Sosimi, plus a crop of Fela-inspired young guns like Afrikan Boy and Blak Twang.

All the performers will offer their interpretations of Fela songs and will collectively contribute to a special night aided by the backing grooves of Dele Sosimi and his Afrobeat Orchestra. The show goes down Friday, May 17 at the venue 229. Join the party on the facebook event and GRAB TICKETS now! For some inspiration check out KFR's recent The Best of the Black President 2 compilation and this recently unearthed footage of Fela performing live in Paris, 1984 (below). See all additional info in the flyer above and check out details on the Paris show in the flyer below!

Interview

Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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