Felabration: Nigeria’s mind blowing back to back celebration

Felabration 2018 themed Overtaking overtake (A Fela song title) doubling also as the 80th posthumous birthday of the legendary Fela Anikulapo Kuti, (15 October 1938 – 2 August 1997) – Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre and human rights activist. He has been called “superstar, singer, musician, Panafricanist, polygamist, mystic, legend. Felabration has become a phenomenon that grows exponentially and with every year it keeps getting … Continue reading Felabration: Nigeria’s mind blowing back to back celebration

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Made Kuti, A Dynasty in continuum

Showtime on 29th July 2018. Venue, Central Park New York, a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon. Femi Anikulapo-kuti and The Positive Force were scheduled to play a free open-air concert at the annual Summerstage festival. Fans were excited, including my fiancée and her mom. It was a concert she had been particularly looking forward to as she had seen Femi playing live at the Afrika Shrine … Continue reading Made Kuti, A Dynasty in continuum

Black Blood – A Poem By Matthew Blaise

A white man once asked me: why are you black? I shrugged, hid the detest of the hate he spat under my unceasing laughter, stood still, and sent my eyeballs into his eyes so even when he shuts them he could still see me. I answered: My melanin filled skin comes with an unfathomed stubbornness, that whenever I bathe the surface with bleached oil, I … Continue reading Black Blood – A Poem By Matthew Blaise

“A Different World In My Head”…… ? (A Poem By Hilde Jetten.)

Do you know……. I’m so tired of all the shit that goes on in the world. It seems like everyone has gone crazy. You know …… I have a whole different world in my head …. A world which is not about having power over another A world where there is no need of belief A world where it is about willing the best for … Continue reading “A Different World In My Head”…… ? (A Poem By Hilde Jetten.)