Friday September 15, 2017
Level 2, The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3004
Language/ Cultural Consultant
Fela Kuti was a legend, a luminary, a dissident, a mystic, a Pan-Africanist and an activist. He pioneered the sound and the spirit of Afrobeat, a style of music that blended jazz and funk with provocative political lyrics and traditional African rhythms.
Fela’s irresistable music – and his often scathing lyrics, sung in Nigerian pidgin and Yoruba – made him a hero of the poor and a thorn in the side of successive Nigerian governments, who sought and failed to suppress him all his life.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Fela Kuti’s death. Hosted by PBS presenter Stani Goma, this discussion includes Lagos-based Lemi Ghariokwu, the designer of Fela’s most famous album covers, musician Zvi Belling, and multi-disciplinary artist Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe. Join them as they discuss the life and complex legacy of this exceptional artist and activist.