FELA! Returns to L.A. + KCRW Remembers Fela Kuti [Tour Dates]

Los Angeles radio station KCRW profiles Fela Kuti through a 1986 interview with the afrobeat pioneer, while FELA! The Musical comes back to LA later this month.

Back by popular demand, FELA! The Musical is making a second round of appearances in Los Angeles, prompting legendary L.A. radio station KCRW to dig in their audio crates for some vintage Fela Kuti interview clips to commemorate the event. In 1986, KCRW's Tom Schnabel (pictured above) profiled the afrobeat pioneer, but the interview was two years delayed due to Fela's arrest at the Lagos Airport on trumped-up currency violation charges prior to departing for the United States. It was his 451st court appearance in ten years. When he finally arrived back in Los Angeles after serving a partial sentence, Kuti took to the KCRW airwaves to discuss the incident:

"The whole thing of the government then was that people like me should be incarcerated, that was the policy then." - Fela Kuti

Schnabel also fondly recalls a Fela Kuti performance at the Greek Theater (or was it the Wadsworth? asks the author - such details are hard to keep track of when recalling a legacy as large as The Black President's) where Fela's bevy of wives — 27 to be exact — took to the stage in a clothed display of their, shall we say, "assets." Visionary musician, activist, troublemaker — Fela was all of those, but perhaps was none more than a lover of the female form. Never one to conform to institutional pressures from society, Fela explained to Schnabel why he felt marriage imposed upon his personal freedom (peep the chuckle in response to his wives possibly exercising that same freedom).

Stream a few interview clips below and head over to KCRW's Rhythm Planet blog to read/listen to the rest of Tom Schnabel's heartfelt and thoughtful remembrance of Fela Kuti. FELA! will be in Los Angeles once again from April 26 - May 5. Grab your tickets below.

>>>FELA! at the Ahmanson Theater, Los Angeles [TICKETS]

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Whoisakin Channels His Love For Anime In the New Video For ‘Magic’

The single, featuring Olayinka Ehi, comes off his latest EP Full Moon Weekends.

Nigerian singer-songwriter Whoisakin is sharing a new music video to accompany his hit summer release, "Magic".

His roots certainly show true as his Lagos inspired trap soul/R&B sounds fill us up with feelings of summer and a love made from dreams.

High off of a recent feature in Rolling Stone, Whoisakin's latest music video comes off of his debut EP Full Moon Weekends, his first release as a part of Mr Eazi's #emPawa30 project.

With all of the successes and accomplishments that have come along with it, the original story behind the song isn't as sweet, "Magic was actually inspired by a summer 2019 fling I had with some girl", the 22-year-old singer says, "Even though I thought the relationship had potential at the early stages, she never felt the same way and it was just 'vibes' for her. I mean the moments were beautiful but they never lasted. I made the record a few weeks after we were over. She got upset at me and that was it."

He went on to speak about his first release into the music industry as, "a full story about me and my relationships in 2019, basically. I was doing an internship with some construction company at the time so I had a whole lot of time to live life (especially the nightlife), experience new things. So, I felt like an animated series for the whole tape would be the best way to share the story better. Plus, I'm a big anime fan."

Check out Whoisakin's music video for "Magic" here.

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