We stayed up last night, munching plantain chips and sipping supermalt watching the live stream of Felabration - a celebration to mark the birthday and life of Fela Anikulapo Kuti (1938-1997) the creator of Afrobeat.

The amazing tribute featuredThe Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra, Tony Allen, 2face Idibia, Laura Mvula, Shingai Shoniwa, Afrikan Boy, Terri Walker, The Floacist, Bumi Thomas, Audrey Gbaguidi, Ed Keazor, The Trinity College Afrobeat Ensemble and DJ Kochi Sakai

Felabration marks the birthday of Fela Anikulapo Kuti (1938-1997), the defining creator of the funk, jazz and rhythmic force that is afrobeat, which emerged in Nigeria in the 1970s. As well as a composer and multi-instrumentalist genius, Fela was a human rights activist and defiant political and social maverick who’s influence continues to reverberate throughout Africa and beyond.

This supercharged tribute to the man and his music is led by Dele Sosimi and his 16-piece Afrobeat Orchestra. Dele Sosimi played keyboards as part of Fela’s Egypt 80 band from 1979 to 1986 and created Positive Force band with Femi Kuti with whom he performed from 1986 to 1994.

Very special guest on the night will be legendary drummer Tony Allen, who played with Fela from the early 1960s. They created Afrobeat together and many of the greatest recordings of the 1970s with the Africa’70 band.  He remains a sought after drummer worldwide for electronica, jazz and rock projects; including Damon Albarn’s The Good, the Bad & the Queen. 

Also taking part, direct from Lagos, will be 2Face Idibia, the multi-million selling recording artist and producer who rose to fame as part of R&B/hip hop group Plantashun Boyz, and has gone on to even greater solo success with Afrikan Queen and many other hits.  

Further brilliant guest vocalists include Laura Mvula, Shingai Shoniwa (Noisettes), Afrikan Boy, Bumi ThomasEd Keazor, Terri Walker, Audrey Gbaguidi and The Floacist (Floesis).

- See more at: http://www.bl.uk/events/late-at-the-library-felabration#sthash.bUp6xKBu.dpuf

This supercharged tribute to the man and his music is led by Dele Sosimi and his 16-piece Afrobeat Orchestra. Dele Sosimi played keyboards as part of Fela’s Egypt 80 band from 1979 to 1986 and created Positive Force band with Femi Kuti with whom he performed from 1986 to 1994.

Very special guest on the night will be legendary drummer Tony Allen, who played with Fela from the early 1960s. They created Afrobeat together and many of the greatest recordings of the 1970s with the Africa’70 band.  He remains a sought after drummer worldwide for electronica, jazz and rock projects; including Damon Albarn’s The Good, the Bad & the Queen. 

Also taking part, direct from Lagos, will be 2Face Idibia, the multi-million selling recording artist and producer who rose to fame as part of R&B/hip hop group Plantashun Boyz, and has gone on to even greater solo success with Afrikan Queen and many other hits.  

Further brilliant guest vocalists include Laura Mvula, Shingai Shoniwa (Noisettes), Afrikan Boy, Bumi ThomasEd Keazor, Terri Walker, Audrey Gbaguidi and The Floacist (Floesis).

- See more at: http://www.bl.uk/events/late-at-the-library-felabration#sthash.bUp6xKBu.dpuf

Catch up on www.fela.net

Felabration is an annual festival of music and arts celebrating the life of Nigerian’s foremost musical icon, the late Fela Anikulakpo Kuti. The concept of Felabration as an annual celebration of Fela’s music, life and times, was conceived in 1998 by Yeni, his eldest child. The Felabration Week always runs during the week of October. This includes the 15th of October Fela’s birthday.