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Happy Birthday FELA: Puff Puff Pass!

Puff Puff Pass Fela tribute shirt in honor of what would be the Black President's 74th.


In honor of Fela Kuti's 74th (posthumous) birthday, we introduce "Puff Puff Pass," a tribute t-shirt hand drawn by Philly artist and homie Thom Lessner. This tee was inspired by Fela Kuti, his queens, and one of his favorite activities ... hey Fela, puff puff pass! 

Modeled in black by Rahzel Jr. (yes, THAT Rahzel's son!), and in green by ex-Roots guitar slayer Ben Kenney (currently bassist for Incubus), our newest Fela tee is sure to inspire vibed-out sessions of afrobeat induced bliss. Printed on our all new custom body soft knit tees for superior quality and comfort. Check out more new tees in the Okayafrica Store now.

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Photo: Lex Ash (@thelexash). Courtesy of Simi.

Interview: Simi Is Taking Risks

Nigerian star Simi talks about the successes & risks of this year, her thoughts on the #EndSARS protests, and how her husband, Adekunle Gold, inspired Restless II.

Simi is restless. It has nothing to do with the year she has had, in fact, she reaffirmed her status as one of Nigeria's most successful musicians with a single music drop, "Duduke," which enjoyed widespread appeal as the nation went into lockdown earlier in the year.

The 32-year-old singer's restlessness is a reflection of the organised chaos that has defined her recording process this year as she combined the rigours of being an expectant mother with an examination of her place in the wider world. It, more accurately, reflects her re-negotiation of the parameters of her stardom.

"I've never really been a big fan of the spotlight," she whispers silently early in our Zoom conversation. "I know that it comes with the territory, but when I got my big break and more people started to recognise me, I realised that I had to edit myself, my life, and most of the things that I'd do or say because I wanted to be careful to keep a part of me for myself."

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