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Questlove's Favorite Fela Kuti Songs

For the latest installment in their playlist series, Fela.net tap Questlove to select his favorite songs from afrobeat legend Fela Kuti.


Questlove is no stranger to Fela Kuti. He's written passionately about the afrobeat legend, covered & sampled several of his songs and given detailed insights on the Nigerian pioneer's message and the uncompromising political stance behind his music. For the latest installment in their artist playlist series, Fela.net tapped The Roots' icon to select his favorite Fela tracks, which include classics like "Fear Not For Man,"  "Beasts Of No Nation," "Everything Scatter," and the rarer cut "Just Like That."

“[Fela's music is] not microwave music, it’s souffle," Questlove mentions in his Finding Fela interview. "It’s a slow burn that just sizzles, and gets hotter... He clearly had the ear and the adoration of the people. To use this time & time again, and to get thrown in jail every time a single comes out. I mean, I have 16 records and can’t imagine that I might have to go to jail for every time my album comes out. Not many people are willing to suffer for their craft.”

Hear Questlove’s selections in a Spotify playlist below and check out other Fela Kuti playlists from Black ThoughtTalib KweliBrian Eno, Rich Medina, and Ziggy Marley.

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Adekunle Gold achieves an artistic freedom that most mainstream artists don't have through a smooth balance of introspection and club bangers.

A few years ago, Adekunle Gold broke out into the scene with a refreshing way of carrying himself, presenting his art and speaking his truth with music. His debut single "Sade" started this journey of chart topping releases, sold out shows, and the constantly evolving sound that graces African airwaves. Gold's self assurance made him stand out from the very beginning, as his sound was delivered with intent, compassion, and stuffed with personal truths.

Not many artists are willing to try new things with their music, and in order to maintain mainstream success, some cling to one sound, one image and direction often crafted from fragments of their first hit. These artists get stuck trying to recreate a capsule in time, while true artists are open to the dynamic of change, and the necessity of renewal.

Adekunle Gold is one of a handful in his profession who draws on a spectrum of experiences to make honest music which is consistent with the self-revelations of a growing man. This has become his biggest strength, allowing him to craft contemplative songs like "Sade" and "Oreke" and still create afropop magic like "Something Different"

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