Latest articles on Fela Kuti

The Portfolio: Antony Kaminju

Antony Kaminju shares his experience of making a photo of the Roving Bantu Kitchen’s Sifiso Ntuli

Time travelling with Manu Dibango

Cameroonian songwriter, saxophonist and all-round musician, Manu Dibango has been here for centuries, and he ain't goin' away any time soon

How deep can you go in 15 minutes with Ebro?

M&G sat down with ‘Old Man Ebro’ during his Apple Music trip to SA, to see what a few minutes of conversation could produce. Apparently, a lot...

Moving encounters with misfits and megastars

Film festival screens documentaries of several celebrities and some local artists

Going home from home

A traveller returns home to warm familiarities seen through the eyes of universality

​Catch-22: The pressure of being children of musical greats like Kuti and Simone

Family dynasties of musical legends allow us to vicariously indulge our nostalgia – but, surely, there’s a purpose beyond that.

Abena Koomson: life is polyrhythmic

Ghanaian American artist Abena Koomson on life, art and the unifying power of Afrobeat originator Fela Kuti's music.

Finding Fela: A Celebration of Fela Kuti’s life

A doccie about legendary musician Fela Kuti's life and politically-charged music has just been released.

Fela Kuti finally gets a welcome home

Fifteen years after his death, the man who was a thorn in the side of officials in Nigeria has been honoured by the authorities with whom he tangled.

Like father, like Seun

Seun Kuti shares his views on politics, the Egypt 80 big band and the long shadow cast by his father.

Fela Kuti’s cousin carries on a lonely struggle in Nigeria

After years of furthering her family's tradition of activism, Yemisi Ransome-Kuti decided to take her struggle to the campaign trail.

Fela Kuti’s biographer sues over musical

An award-winning American musical based on Fela Kuti's life has been lavishly praised. But the production has been hit with a $5-million lawsuit.

Tony Allen: Beast of no nation

Herculean, the first single from the yet-to-be-named group featuring Fela Kuti’s former drummer Tony Allen, Damon Albarn (Blur/Gorillaz), Paul Simonon (The Clash) and Simon...

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Pay-TV inquiry probes the Multichoice monopoly

Africa’s largest subscription television operator says it is under threat amid the emerging popularity of global platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime

​No apology or comfort as another Marikana mother dies without justice

Nomawethu Ma’Bhengu Sompeta, whose funeral will be held this weekend, was unequivocal in calling out the government for its response to the Marikana massacre

Covid-overflow hospital in ruins as SIU investigates

A high-level probe has begun into hundreds of millions of rand spent by the Gauteng health department to refurbish a hospital that is now seven months behind schedule – and lying empty

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