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Fela Kuti: Our 1986 Interview | SPIN

This article originally appeared in the July 1986 issue of SPIN. Nigeria’s Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, political gadfly, king of Afrobeat, and preeminent pan-Africanist, regained his freedom when Nigerian authorities ordered his unconditional release from prison on April 24, 1986, after he had served 18 months of a five-year sentence for alleged violations of currency regulation, which led to his trial under anti-subversion decrees. His arrest on September 4, 1984, and subsequent conviction touched off an international protest campaign supported by such notable musicians as Herbie Hancock, David Byrne, Ginger Baker, Little Steven, and others who felt that Fela’s conviction stemmed from […]

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How prison pulls them back in: The story of Kerry Lathan and Nipsey Hussle is a window onto a parole system that re-incarcerates far too many people for technical violations | New York Daily News

MARA SCHIAVOCAMPO and TOPEKA K. SAM, New York Daily News Kerry Lathan was released on parole after serving 25 years for murder, he went to rapper and entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle’s Marathon store for some free clothes, so he could look good while reuniting with family and friends. That trip would trigger a disastrous chain of events for Lathan, who wound up caught in the crossfire of a shooting that killed Hussle and injured one other person. After spending several days in the hospital, Lathan was released to a halfway house in a wheelchair, still unable to walk. Then the system […]

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[VIDEO] Ibeyi: The French-Cuban twins who sing in Yoruba | BBC

Celestina Olulode , BBC Ebru Yildiz. Featured Image is a band made up of two French-Cuban sisters, who often sing in the West African language Yoruba. They learnt the language, which differs somewhat from what is spoken in Nigeria and Benin today, from their parents. In this BBC Africa One Minute Story they explain why the language means so much to them. Video Journalist: Celestina Olulode CLICK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE, BBC Share This +FacebookTwitterMail

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The Incredible Stories Behind Lemi Ghariokwu’s Iconic Fela Kuti Album Covers | OkayAfrica Today marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of Fela Kuti. In remembrance, we’re revisiting this article with his trusted collaborator Lemi Ghariokwu, who created the large majority of Fela’s album covers.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of Fela Kuti. In remembrance, we’re revisiting this article with his trusted collaborator Lemi Ghariokwu, who created the large majority of Fela’s album covers.

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The Women of Cape Town International Jazz Festival Showed the Beautiful Diversity of ‘Africa’s Grandest Gathering’ – Okay Africa This year’s 18th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival had some heavy-hitters when it came to performers, but the highlight were the women who graced the stage.

This year’s 18th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival had some heavy-hitters when it came to performers, but the highlight were the women who graced the stage.

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