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Video: Beyonce Influenced By Fela Kuti + Performs W The Roots!

 


Last night Beyonce made a visit to Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.  Check out the interview, above, where Yonce reveals that she was heavily influenced by Fela Kuti (we know she loved the Broadway hit FELA!, which her hubby Jay Z co-produced) and Africa in general for her latest album, 4.  Then peep the performance vid, below, where B is backed up by the Legendary Roots Crew for a stunning version of "Best Thing I Never Had."

Eddie "STATS" over at okayplayer says it best:

Holy hell. Do I really have to tell you anything other than what’s in the header to sell this one? Last night Beyonce joined the baddest MFs in late night on Jimmy Fallon for a rendition of her single “Best Thing I Never Had” which is proof that this woman can sing just about anything (‘suck to be you right now’) and give it the emotional weight of the Dream Girls finale. I’ll just add that Questlove gets the big bucks not because he’s the greatest drummer technically. He makes the big bucks cause he is the greatest drummer technically who can still think about time-signatures while Beyonce Knowles is writhing around and choking the soul out of a mic a few short feet away. Check out that game-face. If that was me you would be able to read my lips saying “look at the drums, look at the drums.” Beyonce’s LP 4 is in stores now.

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Interview: Killbeatz' Short & Sweet Debut EP, 'Love and Happiness'

We speak to the renowned afrobeats producer about his joint Love and Happiness EP with King Promise & Ofori Amponsah, and his daughter's inspiration behind the project.

Killbeatz needs no introduction. The producer born Joseph Addison is one of the biggest hitmakers as far as afrobeats is concerned. From R2Bees to Sarkodie to FuseODG to M.anifest, Killbeatz has blessed your favorite singers and rappers alike with the soundtracks to their biggest hits. From the azonto era to the global spread of afrobeats, his contribution to African music as a whole cannot be overstated.

However, Killbeatz' influence doesn't stop at just music production. Behind the scenes, he's a complete industry player. The CEO of Ghanaian record label Legacy Life Entertainment, he's responsible for bringing star singer King Promise to the limelight.

Despite producing for the crème de la crème of the Ghanaian music industry as well as several international artists over the length of a decade, the highly-influential producer and instrumentalist never had a project of his own. Now he has set out to change that. In October 2020 Killbeatz dropped his debut EP, titled Love and Happiness.

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