Fela Kuti (1938-1997) was the first who combined western funk and jazz with uplifiting traditional african rhythms and grooves. He called it Afrobeat. Read an excellent (Dutch) piece on Fela here.

This Perfect consists of some Fela Kuti essentials, plus an Afrobeat track from Ghana and a track by Antibalas from New York. Fela’s music is celebrated at the annual Felabration festival: all over the world his life and music of ‘The Black President’ with different Felabrations. The Dutch version is hosted by Jungle by Night, in Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Utrecht. More details, go here.


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