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Ginger Baker and Fela Ransome-Kuti: Ginger Baker Backs This Fela's Afro-Rock

Report and Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 15 January 1972

WITH AIRFORCE, Ginger Baker succeeded in providing the rudiments of the Afro-beat. Consciously he wanted to go back to the roots of highly percussive music, ...

Fela Kuti: The Rascal Republic Takes On The World

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, 18 October 1980


Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Africa 70: Hippodrome, Paris

Live Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, 28 March 1981

FELA ANIKULAPO KUTI is probably the unlikeliest of candidates to win the dubious honour of being the Great African Dance's Bob Marley – popularizer to ...

Juju, Afrobeat and Highlife

Report and Interview by Peter Murphy (British), The Face, April 1981

Special report: Rock in Nigeria. ...

Fela: Return of the Afrobeat Rebel

Profile by Randall Grass, Musician, October 1983

KANO, NIGERIA, 1974: Sitting in the midst of a spacious, immaculate patio surrounded by manicured shrubbery and the graceful curved stone-and-glass walls of a post-modern restaurant, ...

Fela Kuti: He Who Has A Quiver In His Underpants

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 26 November 1983

Fela Kuti — also known as He Who Has Death In His Quiver (and a shiver in his Y-fronts) — last week descended on London ...

Fela Kuti: The Republic Of Kuti

Interview by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, 3 December 1983

FELA KUTI gives Lynden Barber a lecture in African culture. ...

Fela Kuti: Resurrection Shuffle

Report by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, 14 January 1984

ABOUT 200 PEOPLE turned out last weekend at the Country Club in North London, for a benefit to prevent its closure. Entertainment was provided by ...

Fela Kuti: 'World Festival'

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 18 August 1984

SUNDAY'S "WORLD Cultural Music Festival" was postponed Friday after two key performers coincidentally ran into customs difficulties, festival publicist Jeff Gans said. He expects the ...

Fela Anikulapo-Kuti: Live In Amsterdam (Capitol); Perambulator (Lagos international)

Review by Randall Grass, Musician, January 1985

NIGERIA'S FELA Anikulapo-Kuti was the presumed messiah to break African pop internationally, just as Bob Marley had broken reggae. He sings in comprehensible pidgin English. ...

Fela Kuti's Last Stand?

Review and Interview by Don Snowden, The Boston Phoenix, 13 February 1985

"THE GOVERNMENT is trying to lure me into participation in the politics of Nigeria now but that doesn't really mean my situation is very cool ...

Music is the Weapon: Fela

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 21 February 1985

THE CONCEPT OF combining music with a strong political message is a romantic, enticing notion to many young musicians but it's a harsh, often painful ...

Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon

Film/DVD/TV Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 23 February 1985

THE IDEA of combining music with a strong political message is a romantic notion to many young musicians, but the concept is a harsh reality ...

Fela Kuti: Army Arrangement (Celluloid)

Review by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, 18 March 1985

WITH MORE more pep in his step, and Bill Laswell by his side, Fela is back, up for the downstroke. Yes, that's Fela Anikulapo Kuti, ...

Fela Kuti: Army Arrangement (Celluloid)

Review by Carol Cooper, Spin, May 1985

IF YOU haven't yet heard of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, it isn't because he hasn't been trying to get your attention. ...

Fela: Rebel On Ice

Special Feature by Randall Grass, Spin, May 1985

The King of Afrobeat enjoyed a reign of sex, hemp, jazz and rock 'n' roll — then the empire struck back, trumping up charges to ...

Fela Kuti: Zombie, No Agreement, Shuffering And Shmlling (Celluloid)

Review by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 13 March 1986

ALTHOUGH HE is virtually unknown in the United States, Fela Kuti of Nigeria is the most dangerous musician in the world. For two decades, Fela ...

Fela Kuti: Fela Freed!

Interview by Randall Grass, Spin, July 1986

Nigerian authorities thought 18 months in jail might silence the rebel king of sex, hemp, and Afrobeat. They were wrong. ...

Africa's Cult Musician: Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Report by Nicholas Jennings, Maclean's, 13 October 1986

WHEN ONE OF Africa's most celebrated musicians receives visitors at his home in the Nigerian capital of Lagos, he lounges in little more than a ...

The Great Pretender: Fela Kuti

Interview by Len Brown, New Musical Express, 25 October 1986

So, who is this FELA KUTI? An African musician just out of jail and now threatening to run for President of Nigeria? A polygamist in ...

Fela Kuti & the Chords of Africa

Profile and Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 7 November 1986

TWO YEARS ago, as Fela Anikulapo Kuti headed for America for what would have been his first tour here in 15 years, Nigerian authorities arrested ...

Fela Kuti: Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 17 November 1986


Fela Kuti: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, 29 November 1986


Fela Kuti: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 29 November 1986

NOT SO much a gig, more a continuous cultural circus presided over by ringmaster Fela, fresh out of a Nigerian prison after his latest brush ...

That's Another Fine Messiah You've Got Me Into

Comment by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, 6 April 1996

John Lennon thought The Beatles were bigger than IT, some people think Elvis is/was IT and Michael Jackson seems to think he is IT. So ...

Fela Anikulapo-Kuti 1938-1997

Obituary by Vivien Goldman, Rolling Stone, 18 September 1997


Afro Poppa: Fela Kuti, 1938-1997

Obituary by Richard Gehr, Spin, October 1997

IN THE annals of pop political activism, taking on TicketMaster or spoofing K Mart consumerism hardly compares to the cheeky dissidence of Nigerian superstar Fela ...

Femi Kuti's Family Tradition

Report and Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 17 March 2000

A FEW YEARS ago, Femi Kuti's 'Beng Beng Beng' was banned from Nigeria's airwaves by that nation's military regime. When a civilian government took over ...

Fela Kuti: A Difficult Fela To Follow

Report and Interview by Mark Hudson, Daily Telegraph, 2 October 2004

As the Barbican celebrates the life and music of Fela Kuti, Mark Hudson travels to Lagos to meet his sons Femi and Seun, bitter rivals ...

Fela Kuti: Live in Detroit 1986

Review by Stevie Chick,, 14 May 2012

Rediscovered concert recording from the king of afrobeat. ...

see also Tony Allen


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