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FELA! on Broadway Provokes NYPD 'Cover-up'


Last week, New York's finest spent their time courageously protecting the public by painting over a mural inspired by  FELA! on Broadway.  The mural depicted the coffins that  Fela and his wives carry on stage with epitaph names such as  Sean Bell, Rodney King, Trayvon Martin, and institutions and global corporations such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Halliburton, and Monsanto - as a way of remembering who the real victims and culprits of corruption and violence are. Inspired by the show, artist Alan Kets painted the image of the coffins on a wall in Inwood- with permission from the local grocery who owns it - and added to the tombstone list the NYPD as a way of  reacting to the recent spate of killings of innocent people at the hands of the police force.  The NYPD swiftly sent over two of eight on-duty officers from the 34th Precinct to paint the wall black. Locals, quoted in the full article here, questioned the use of resources (certainly there are more urgent needs, no?). And, of course, it's probably illegal to paint over private property. Fela's spirit certainly lives on - and so do his enemies: corruption, the abuse of power, and mindless tyranny.

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How Davido's 'FEM' Became the Unlikely #EndSARS Protest Anthem

When Nigerian youth shout the line "Why everybody come dey para, para, para, para for me" at protests, it is an act of collective rebellion and rage, giving flight to our anger against the police officers that profile young people, the bureaucracy that enables them, and a government that appears lethargic.

Some songs demand widespread attention from the first moments they unfurl themselves on the world. Such music are the type to jerk at people's reserves, wearing down defenses with an omnipresent footprint at all the places where music can be shared and enjoyed, in private or in communion; doubly so in the middle of an uncommonly hot year and the forced distancing of an aggressive pandemic that has altered the dynamics of living itself. Davido's "FEM" has never pretended to not be this sort of song. From the first day of its release, it has reveled in its existence as the type of music to escape to when the overbearing isolation of lockdown presses too heavily. An exorcism of ennui, a sing-along, or a party starter, "FEM" was made to fit whatever you wanted it to be.

However, in the weeks since its release, the song has come to serve another purpose altogether. As young Nigerians have poured out into the streets across the country to protest against the brutality of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, known as SARS, "FEM" has kept playing with the vigour of a generational protest anthem. From Lagos to Abia to Benin and Abuja, video clips have flooded the Internet of people singing word-for-word to Davido's summer jam as they engage in peaceful protests. In one video, recorded at Alausa, outside the Lagos State Government House, youths break into an impromptu rendition of the song when the governor of the state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, tried addressing them; chants of "O boy you don dey talk too much" rent through the air, serving as proof of their dissatisfaction with his response to their demands—and the extortionist status quo.

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