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This Is What London’s Felabration Looked Like

London was one of the first cities in the world this year to celebrate Felabration, the annual tribute to the legacy of Fela Kuti. View our photo gallery

London was one of the first cities in the world this year to celebrate Felabration, the annual tribute to the legacy of Fela Kuti timed around his October 15th birthday.


Last week, AGMP, Knitting Factory Records and Okayafrica held an all-out bash at the Electric Ballroom for a Felabration night that featured performances from Dele Sosimi Afrobeat OrchestraTemi Dollface, Breis, Bumi Thomas, Afrikan Boy, Tiggs da Author, and many more special guests.

Dele Sosimi, a longtime keyboardist for Fela Kuti‘s Egypt 80 and bandleader for Femi Kuti‘s Positive Force, and his orchestra were the house band for the night, keeping everyone moving to their afrobeat rhythms.

Check out photos from London Felabration below. All photos by Gavin Mills.

Backstage. Photography by Gavin Mills.

Dele Sosimi. Photography by Gavin Mills.

Photography by Gavin Mills.

Photography by Gavin Mills.

Photography by Gavin Mills.

Temi Dollface. Photography by Gavin Mills.

Temi Dollface and Dele Sosimi. Photography by Gavin Mills.

Photography by Gavin Mills.

Afrikan Boy. Photography by Gavin Mills.

Photography by Gavin Mills.

Photography by Gavin Mills.

Photography by Gavin Mills.

Photography by Gavin Mills.

Photography by Gavin Mills.

Photography by Gavin Mills.

Photography by Gavin Mills.

The crowd. Photography by Gavin Mills.

Dele Sosimi and his Afrobeat Orchestra. Photography by Gavin Mills.

Dele Sosimi and his Afrobeat Orchestra. Photography by Gavin Mills.

 

 

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