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Video: Femi Kuti Waxes Poetic on His Legacy and the Future of Afrobeat

“When I die, I want to see Malcom X, Lumumba, my father, and I want to be able to look them in the eye” - Femi Kuti


Upon their reunion, I’m sure Fela Kuti will shower his son with praise for his stellar work as a musician and activist. Let’s just hope that day is far off. The world is already minus 1 Kuti, I’d hate to think of all the music and insight we’d lose if we were deprived of another.

In this brief interview, courtesy of filmmaker Cam Be, Jeff Baraka sits down with the legend to talk about his status as an African icon, ambassador of afrobeat, and where he thinks the genre will head in the future. The interview is interspersed with clips from Femi’s performance at The Metro in Chicago, so in addition to some words of wisdom from the crown prince of afrobeat, you get to see why he has that designation in the first place.

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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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