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Fela Kuti’s 'Zombie' is One of Jay Z’s "Songs For Survival"

Jay Z selects Fela Kuti's 1976 anti-military protest anthem "Zombie" for a new playlist highlighting social injustice in America.

“Zombie” is not simply Fela Kuti’s best known song. The 1976 protest anthem is a scathing attack on the Nigerian military that uses zombies as a metaphor for soldiers mindleslly following orders. The song triggered the Nigerian government’s horrific assault on the Kalakuta Republic on 18 February, 1977, in which the compound burned to the ground, Fela was brutally beaten and his mother, Nigerian feminist icon Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, was tragically thrown from an upstairs window.


Fela’s lyrics carry a haunting relevance in 2016 America. And today, the song features alongside a selection of music dealing with contemporary issues of "social injustice" curated by Jay Z. Titled “Songs For Survival,” the two-hour playlist for Tidal includes songs by Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, Kendrick Lamar, Gil Scott-Heron, Common, Yasiin Bey, OutKast, Kanye West and more.

Listen below. For more "Zombie," revisit Fela Flex on Okayafrica TV.

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Michaela Coel Joins the 'Black Panther' Sequel Cast

The upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is shaping up.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

Read: How Michaela Coel's 'I May Destroy You' Makes Space For Black Creators

"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for wide release on July 8, 2022.

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