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Fela Kuti's Queens Re-imagined by Photographer Dexter Jones

Stunning images of the Fela queens shot by photographer Dexter Jones for the exhibit "DEAD PRESIDENT: Headmistresses of State"

With the incredible and successful FELA! on Broadway, alongside Knitting Factory's re-release of the Fela Kuti catalog, it seems like NYC is Fela-crazed these days. Our friend Dexter Jones hit us up with these beautiful images of the Fela Queens (*not the original Queens, but his imaginings of them), which are currently being featured at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) through Labor Day. If you're in New York, definitely catch the exhibit, "DEAD PRESIDENT: Headmistresses of State," while it's still up. About his work,  Jones says "One For All. Anikulapo sang and danced in the face of his persecuters. He was willing to sacrifice his life for the livelihood of his wives and his community. In return 'Head Mistresses' is a literal depiction of All For One. Fela Kuti was a king among queens. Mourning his death, we see here how love and loyalty can transcend lifetimes. Mr. President we salute you. Ashe."


All photos courtesy of Dexter Jones.

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