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“When I met Fela Kuti, the self-styled “Black President”, he was in a London hotel wearing only a pair of red underpants, smoking a massive joint, surrounded by three of his wives (he notoriously married 26 in one day) and his personal magician, a Ghanaian who called himself Professor Hindu. This was in 1984…”
Peter Culshaw looks back on the man he met decades ago in this BBC article.
“Radio host Tom Schnabel, Sandra Izsadore, and Ade James discuss the film and the its subject Fela Kuti after the film’s west coast premiere at Sonos Studio in Los Angeles on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.”
Watch the video on youtube.
Musician Femi Kuti, second child of Fela Kuti, discusses pan-Africanism, the state of African leadership and the need to understand history in this Aljazeera article.
Listen to our playlist with music from the film on Spotify.
“There aren’t many musicians who can lay claim to an entirely new genre and call it their own, but as drummer and musical director in Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 band between 1969 and 1978, Tony Allen developed a multi-coordinated, fluid and fiercely rhythmical style of drumming that became known as Afrobeat.”
Read the full interview with legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen here.
“…My grandfather ascended the throne as His Royal Highness Alaperu of Iperu in 1938, with his wife humbly looking on. He was to marry four more wives, and with each additional wife, his relationship with my grandmother broke down a little further”
“Writer Lola Shoneyin’s grandfather had five wives and her grandmother, the first, never forgave him. But she was shocked to find that polygamy is still prevalent in Nigeria.”
Read the article on The Guardian.
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Learn about the arrests their histories here.
“Pan Africanism can be said to have its origins in the struggles of the African people against enslavement and colonisation… And this struggle may be traced back to the first resistance on slave ships – rebellions and suicides – through the constant plantation and colonial uprisings and the “Back to Africa” movements of the nineteenth century.”
Check out PADEAP to read more about the movements history and current projects.