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Questlove Speaks On FELA!


Few stories are as inspiring as that of Fela “Anikulapo (he who wears death in his pouch)” Kuti. He lived life exactly as he wanted to, fighting against corruption, calling out oppressive regimes everywhere. He fought hard and, at his renowned club The Shrine, he partied hard, inspiring a generation of Nigerians to shake their yanch both literally and figuratively . You can live that life for a few hours too in the city that never sleeps (the musical is back on Broadway for a very limited run, July 9 through August 4. Grab tickets here.) and on that score, nobody is living for now like ?uestlove.

You already knew that el patrón really, really supports FELA! the musical. But in a current radio spot, the afro-lord broadcasts the immense effect FELA! had on him back when he saw it for the first time in 2008, reveals that he’s seen the show 15 times (!) and lists the only valid excuse for missing it's return to Broadway as "death." So he really likes it, is what we're saying to you. Listen to ?uesto’s endorsement below, and read his impassioned diatribe here.

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Stream: Questlove on FELA!

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Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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