Fela Kuti

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‘Our ethos was happy music and good vibes’: genre-busting Black British band Osibisa
Jimi Hendrix watched them rehearse, Stevie Wonder joined them on drums, and Fela Kuti partied with them in Lagos. Osibisa, whose African sunshine sound captivated the planet, have now returned

Garth Cartwright

29, Apr, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Tony Allen: There Is No End review | Ammar Kalia's global album of the month
More cohesive than many a posthumous release, Allen’s legacy is well-served here, especially on the more experimental tracks

Ammar Kalia

02, Apr, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Different beat: how Fela Kuti’s son and grandson are modernising the dynasty
Ahead of their new album, Femi and Made Kuti reflect on the Afrobeat pioneer’s legacy, their complex family, and the problems Nigeria still faces

Kate Hutchinson

31, Jan, 2021 @12:00 PM

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'The system is rigged': Seun Kuti on reviving Fela's political party
The musician and youngest son of the Afrobeat legend has been galvanised to act after police brutality in Nigeria

Emmanuel Akinwotu in Lagos

19, Jan, 2021 @5:00 AM

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TV tonight: Fela Kuti and the birth of afrobeat
A new film examines the Nigerian artist’s cultural identity and legacy of rhythmical protest. Plus: The Valhalla Murders begins. Here’s what to watch this evening

Ammar Kalia, Graeme Virtue, Hannah Verdier, Hannah J Davies and Paul Howlett

21, Nov, 2020 @6:00 AM

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'His drums were singing, you know?' Tony Allen remembered by his collaborators
Angelique Kidjo, Jeff Mills, Sebastien Tellier and more remember the late drummer: his humility, his brilliance, and his awesome sportswear

Interviews by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

04, May, 2020 @10:13 AM

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Tony Allen obituary
Masterful drummer and co-creator of Afrobeat, the fusion of funk, jazz and African styles that he pioneered with Fela Kuti

Robin Denselow

03, May, 2020 @2:50 PM

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Tony Allen: the Afrobeat maverick who blazed a trail across the globe
The Nigerian musician was a restless creator who embraced the physicality of drumming and innovated until the end

Kate Hutchinson

01, May, 2020 @2:41 PM

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Tony Allen: the Afrobeat pioneer's 10 finest recordings
From simmering dancefloor fillers to defiant resistance anthems, we pick the best of the legendary drummer’s tracks

Ammar Kalia, Global music critic

01, May, 2020 @1:43 PM

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Tony Allen: Afrobeat’s master on Hugh Masekela, Damon Albarn and friction with Fela Kuti
As a lost album by Allen and Masekela is released, African’s finest drummer remembers the late trumpeter’s brilliant funk – and the chaotic militancy of his most famous partner

Robin Denselow

19, Mar, 2020 @12:41 PM

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Sergei Polunin/Rasputin; Royal Ballet; San Francisco Ballet; Kalakuta Republik – review
The Firebird gets a new lease of life, while Alexei Ratmansky’s inventive trilogy mixes Björk with Edith Wharton

Sarah Crompton

09, Jun, 2019 @7:00 AM

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Record Store Day: 20 exclusive releases to look out for
Classic vinyl reissues, limited collectors’ editions and unreleased recordings from Fela Kuti, Prince and David Bowie join rare pressings by the Prodigy and the Notorious BIG this Saturday

Gregory Robinson

10, Apr, 2019 @2:00 PM

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