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This 1970s Sudanese Jazz Album Will Revive You

The music of Kamal Keila, known as "the James Brown or Fela Kuti of Sudan," gets re-released.

Kamal Keila's new album, "Muslims & Christians" is a pleasant, welcomed dream presented in the unique form of Sudanese jazz.

Released by Habibi Funk Records, Keila's album promotes the unity of a people who, for decades, have been led apart by completely different beliefs, while reciting the political history of Sudan at the same time. Once you get past its funky, soulful beats, you'll be uplifted by the message behind them.


The idea to release Kamal Keila's tracks was inspired by Habibi Funk's want to incite a grander musical experience that would touch the listener beyond the notes. The label's discussion with Sudanese artist, Sharhabeel, about re-releasing some of his old music turned into a personal discovery of Sudanese culture and music.

Habibi Funk's learning and traveling endeavors with blogger and Sudanese jazz & IT expert, Yassir Awad, led to the spark of the re-release of "the James Brown or Fela Kuti of Sudan," Kamal Keila's great music.

Kamal Keila's album is a time capsule of Sudan's history dating all the way back to the 1970s. It features Ethiopian, Sudanese jazz, funk, blues and soul sounds that compliment powerful lyrics. Keila is transparent in each track as he calls for peace between Muslims and Christians, and weeps for the inevitable fate of the "Shmasha," war orphans.

Let your day be made by Kamal Keila's album, Muslims & Christians, which you can find below.

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Wekafore Releases Fela Kuti Inspired Collab With Daily Paper

The one-of-a-kind 'The Spirit Don't Die' capsule collection celebrates African heritage and a hope for a brighter future.

Amsterdam-based African streetwear brand Daily Paper has joined Nigerian fashion brand Wekafore in creating a unique capsule collection of note. The 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection is inspired by fashion and Nigerian activism icon Fela Kuti, but celebrates the bountiful beauty, potential, and heritage of Africans.

Nigerian designer Wekaforé Maniu Jibril, owner, and designer of the Wekafore brand has been hot since his 2013 debut. The brand has gone on to become a great success within the realm of West African fashion. Wekaforé represents a newer, more fearless generation of African designers and their latest collaborative collection tells the tale.

Daily Paper x Wekaforé 'The Spirit Don't Die' collectionImage courtesy of Daily Paper


The two popular brands share a rich history and intention to further African fashion's reputation in the world, as well as as a shared desire for raw necessity, organic growth, and authentic community engagement, development and, support. The fashion brands are making it known that street and casual wear are more than we once thought - fashion can be inclusive and fun. The stars truly aligned to bring us this partnership guided by similar core values and the hunger to celebrate Africa and her diasporas through fashion.

The Fela Kuti-inspired collection is filled with distinctive and bold pieces, honoring Africa's past while paving the way towards the future. Wekafore is known for their clear integration of West Africa's 1970's cultural golden age, and this limited collection speaks to those themes, making it a no-brainer to dedicate the line to the legendary King of Afrobeat, whose style never disappointed. It's clear to see how Kuti's influence inspired the exciting and vibrant creative renaissance seen in the collection. On using Kuti as his muse, Wekaforé says, "Like Fela, the pieces are very punk, very psychedelic, and very African at the same time. And that represents me 100%. And I think being able to speak that way through a platform like Daily Paper is a testament to contemporary African consciousness."


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Daily Paper x Wekafore 'The Spirit Don't Die' Collection

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