A year after the death of pioneering Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen, a posthumous album highlights his work with younger generations.
Tag: Fela Kuti
São Paulo big band Bixiga 70 cook up a life-giving brew
The Afro-Brazilian grooves on Bixiga 70’s Quebra Cabeça could get your feet moving on a mortuary slab.
Veteran singer-songwriter Susan Werner on the future queen of bluegrass
Current musical obsessions of veteran singer-songwriter Susan Werner, musician and artist Scott Montgomery, and Reader coeditor in chief Karen Hawkins
Nigerian juju and Afrobeat veteran Kaleta brings the groove with Super Yamba Band
Leon “Kaleta” Ligan-Majek came into his talents in the early 80s—at exactly the right time to bridge two disparate genres of Nigerian music. Kaleta’s family relocated to Lagos from his native Benin during his adolescence, and after playing guitar and singing in church he began performing professionally throughout Nigeria. While he was still a young […]
Via Rosa of Drama on an Egyptian hit that transcends language barriers
Current musical obsessions of AMFM gallery founder Ciera Mckissick, Drama singer Via Rosa, and Reader writer Leor Galil
The brightest lights at the 2017 World Music Festival
The World Music Festival is a constellation of international stars—including Afrobeat scion Seun Kuti, rambunctious Cape Verdean accordionist Bitori, and Afro-Venezuelan flame keeper Betsayda Machado.
Afrobeat, kids on the street, and the rest of this week’s screenings
New reviews and notable screenings in this week’s issue
Afrobeat giant Fela Kuti: Too big for the screen
With Finding Fela, Alex Gibney tries to get his arms around Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti.
No shortage of craft beers here . . .
A short roundup of and craft brews and events about town
A second act for Ghanaian guitarist Ebo Taylor
Ghanaian highlife and Afrobeat great Ebo Taylor hits his stride in his mid-70s with a new studio album.
Revolution, the musical
Fela! follows the life of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti
Class dismissed: Columbia College film prof Dan Dinello retires
Columbia College professor Dan Dinello marks his retirement with a retrospective of his independent films
Dinner & a Show: Friday 1/28
Recommended events paired with nearby restaurants.
Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon
The documentary “Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon,” about the Afrobeat pioneer, screens Thursday in the Black World Cinema Series.
Fela Kuti: Music is the Weapon
The documentary “Fela Kuti: Music is the Weapon,” about the Afrobeat pioneer, screens Thursday in the Black World Cinema Series.