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The Roots Of... Flying Lotus Discovers His African Ancestry

Flying Lotus took a DNA test to find out his the roots of his African ancestry. Watch to discover not only his familial ties to Alice and John Coltrane, but also his musical roots in soul makossa.

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Let's cut to the chase: we're in love with FlyLo.

Not only was Until The Quiet Comes at nearly the tippy-top of Okayplayer's Top 12 LPs of 2012 list ("...the simultaneous disbelief and limitless possibility of a lucid dream.."), one of the tracks off it, “See Thru To U”  featuring Erykah Badu, ranked #3 on our Top Songs of 2012 list ("her haunting voice wraps itself around the track, equal parts house and hard bop"), and director Kahlil Joseph's gorgeous, short film  Until The Quiet Comes outright won Okayplayer’s Best Videos of 2012. The Sundance Film Festival happened to agree with us on that last one – the vid was awarded the Special Jury Award for Short Film.

So it's more than our bashful admiration of, in his own words, the "big ol stupid grin" that lights up the stage while performing that made us seek him out as the next subject of our "The Roots of..." video series. FlyLo is a musical beast, with musical roots to match – his great aunt and uncle Alice and John Coltrane, amongst others. Above, find out where his family tree extends from, and how he's connected back hundreds of years (and centuries more) through the universal soul makossa cosmos, back to the African continent.

If you haven't yet seen our first episodes in "The Roots Of..." series, check here to watch The Roots' African ancestry revealed to ?uesto and Black Thought, and here to check out Q-Tip's real tribe. You too can discover the country and even tribe where it all began: to get your own DNA test, check out our partners over at African Ancestry.

Up Next: The Roots Of...

Videographers: Nelson-Mandela Nance, Andrew Acosta, Lis Bartlett

Editor: Allison Swank

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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