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Red Hot + FELA On Late Night With Jimmy Fallon W/ My Morning Jacket, Brittany Howard, tUnE-yArDs, Antibalas, & The Roots

A special Late Night With Jimmy Fallon featured My Morning Jacket, tUnE-yArDs, and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes performing Red Hot + Fela.


And so it came to be that last night a gathering of beloved names in music convened on a late night alter to pay respects to the MOST beloved. An ultra special Felabratory edition of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon saw My Morning Jacket joined by the magnificent Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Merrill Garbus (aka AIYE alum tUnEyArDs), the Antibalas horns, and our Roots fam in paying tribute to the late and greatest, performing the first ever live television rendition of Fela Anikulapo Kuti's "Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am," off the just released RED HOT + FELA album. Watch the late night jol below, which is just a start to afrobeat-centric happenings to come for October.

The Felabration continues with a birthday get-down of our own Thursday, Oct. 17th, at the Brooklyn Bowl. Join us, the FELA! Band (led by Sahr Ngaujah), Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew, and the one and only ?uestlove for Red Hot + Felabration during CMJ.

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The African Union Condemns Violence Against #EndSARS Protesters in Nigeria

The African Union Commission chairperson has (finally) condemned the deadly violence against protesters calling for an end to police brutality in Nigeria. However, many feel the body's declaration is a little too late.

EWN reports that the African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has "strongly condemned the violence that erupted on 20 October 2020 during protests in Lagos, Nigeria that has resulted in multiple deaths and injuries." However, Mahamat's statement did not specifically denounce the actions of the security forces' actions. This past Tuesday, protesters calling for the disbandment of the infamous and an end to police brutality, were shot at by security forces at Lekki Toll Gate. The incident occurred shortly after an abrupt 24-hour curfew had been imposed by the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the AU has called for all involved "political and social actors to reject the use of violence and respect human rights and the rule of law" and recommended that they "privilege dialogue".
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How Technology Is Playing a Crucial Role in the #EndSARS Protests

Young people in Nigeria have successfully managed to use technological innovations to organize and make the #EndSARS protests run incredibly efficiently and easily. This moment will go down in history as a revolution that was birthed via technology.