Femi on FELA!: "The play is fantastic."

Despite rumors that Femi Kuti, Fela's eldest son, refused to see the Broadway production of his late father's musical, FELA!, during a recent visit to New York (had vowed to see it only if the show was brought to Lagos production back to Fela's legendary venue in Lagos, The Shrine), Femi attended a performance this week. It was a particularly emotional performance on Tuesday,  as Femi joined the cast on stage for the curtain call, tearfully sang a few bars of Gentleman with FELA! star Sahr Ngaujah, and called for African unity.

Femi, currently touring in the US, has a new album coming out later this year entitled Africa for Africa.

Check out more pictures and coverage from the the New York Times. But we'll post the best quote here from the article series, from ?uestlove, talking about their collabo on the Red, Hot, and Riot Fela tribute album back in the day:

“When Femi came to the studio to meet us, it was like a scene straight out of ‘Coming to America,’ ” the 1988 movie in which Eddie Murphy plays the prince of an imaginary African country, Mr. Thompson said. “He walked in like the king of Zamunda, with his entourage and all these royal-looking women, and me and Common and D’Angelo just looked at each other. But what was beautiful was that although he has his father’s charisma and authoritative stance, he is also very humble.”
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South African Rapper 25K Drops 'Pheli Makaveli (Intro)' After Signing With Sony Music

Pretoria rapper 25K has released his highly anticipated single "Pheli Makaveli (Intro)" to launch pre-orders for his upcoming titular debut album Pheli Makaveli.

Pretoria's trap rapper 25K has announced that he is officially signed with Sony Music Entertainment Africa. Following months of teasing fans, 25K has finally delivered "Pheli Makaveli (Intro)", a single off his upcoming debut album Pheli Makaveli. The song is a bass-dropping, energy tripping-single that is expected of an artist who just broke into international markets. Curated by hip-hop artist Zoocci Coke Dope, the Pheli Makaveli album is due to drop at the end of July, following the release of two more singles "Hustler's Prayer" and "Trap Jumpin''.

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