fela kuti

It goes without saying, if Prince asks you to throw a party for him, you better say yes -- just play the right music.

On Monday, the Tony-award winning musical “Fela!” comes to the Belk Theater for a two-day run. The show features Destiny’s Child Michelle Williams plays love interest Sandra Izsadore. Actor Adesola Osakalumi plays the title role. He talked with Radio One about the groundbreaking musical and it’s connections to hip-hop. How familiar with Fela were you […]

Hip hop producers are known for digging deep in the crates for the records they use to create the songs we all know and love.  No genre is immune from being sampled!

I was only vaguely aware of the Nigerian singer Fela Kuti before I started going to Pop Life a few years ago. The weekly Wednesday party was at Loft 1523 back then. Promoter/DJ Mike Kitchen always played Kuti’s “No Water No Get Enemy.” The blaring horns and driving beats known as Afrobeat always drew people […]