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Happy Presidents' Day From Fela Kuti

Today we celebrate Fela Kuti, the original black president.


Today the United States honors George Washington's birthday, as well as the long patriarchal line of other presidents with "Presidents' Day." We're more than happy to take this moment to raise awareness of the greatness that is Fela Kuti - the original black president. As a revolutionary of his time, Fela Kuti became known as The Black President and a true representative of the people. Listen to "Everything Scatter," the lastest release from the forthcoming compilation The Best of the Black President 2, out on Knitting Factory Records/Kalakuta Sunrise March 4. Also be sure to catch the FELA! musical on its US tour, which just kicked off in DC. BUY TICKETS HERE.

TOUR DATES

1/31 – 2/10: Sidney Harmon Hall – Washington, DC

2/12 – 2/17: Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts – Detroit, MI

2/19 – 2/23: Arie Crown Theater – Chicago, IL

2/25 – 2/26: Belk Theater at Blumental Performing Arts Center – Charlotte, NC

2/28 – 3/3: The Fox Theater – Atlanta, GA

3/8 – 3/9: Proctors Theater – Schenectady, NY

3/15 – 3/17: TBA – Memphis, TN

3/19 – 3/24: Adrienne Arsht Center – Miami, FL

4/2 – 4/4: Playhouse Square Palace Theater – Cleveland, OH

4/12 – 4/13: UA Centennial Hall – Tucson, AZ

4/23 – 4/24: ASU Gammage Memorial Auditorium – Tempe, AZ

4/25 – 5/5: Ahmanson Theater at the Music Center – Los Angeles, CA

5/7 – 5/17: Winspear Opera House – Dallas, TX

5/28 – 6/2: Paramount Theater – Seattle, WA

Interview

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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