As much as mainstream Western music-media outlets compare contemporary African artists to one another, often flattening the expansiveness of their sounds under a single Afrobeats umbrella, some musicians from the […]
Osa Obaseki, aka rapper-singer Osa North, grew up in Uptown, but in 2006 his parents sent him to live with his aunt and uncle in the capital of Nigeria’s Edo […]
The harrowing stories of six asylum seekers who now call Chicago home
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 […]
In a new multimedia piece, choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili shows off the strength of Nigerian women throughout history.
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.
On his recent EP, The Language of the Soul, 19-year-old Wil Akogu turns his journey to find himself into an invitation to other lost brethren.
The Goodman Theatre’s 21st-century revival retrieves Brigadoon from the misty past.
A 31-year-old community activist with all of $650 in her coffers takes on our $7 million mayor.
This isn’t the best time to interest us in a progress report on Africa.
A slice of auto-tuned balladry from the Nigerian film industry
Fela! follows the life of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti
Fela’s oldest son talks democracy, his father’s legacy, and his new album.
A new documentary film by Chicago’s Dawn Shapiro concludes with a startling admission. Shapiro’s setting is rural Nigeria and her subject childbirth, and just before the credits roll we are […]
The documentary “Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon,” about the Afrobeat pioneer, screens Thursday in the Black World Cinema Series.