"What Would Fela Think?" - Ghana's Vice Prez Talks

In a fascinating article from The Root, John Dramani Mahama, Ghana's Vice President, speaks about seeing FELA! in Nigeria in April set against the backdrop of perhaps the freest and fairest elections Nigeria has ever had.  Listening to politically pointed songs such as "Gentleman" and "No Agreement", Mahama explains what influence Fela had on the development of his own political consciousness and sense of cultural identity, and makes a guess as to what Fela would think of Nigeria - and Africa - today, ultimately conceding that Fela would still find a lot to sing about. A fascinating read.


The 8 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Femi Kuti, RIMON, Joeboy, Makhalanjalo, Tayc and more.

Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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