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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
Image courtesy of Jay Trigga.

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Following collaborations with Ice Prince and Davido's DMW rapper Dremo, the young star is significantly bent on shooting for the stars in Zambia's music scene. We sat down with Jay Trigga to talk about his journey, new single, his influences in music and more.

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