Femi Kuti

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'He'll make your head explode': sax stars on the genius and tragedy of Charlie Parker
He was nicknamed Bird and he soared in his music – if not in his life. For the centenary of the saxophonist who redefined jazz, today’s players reveal how his dizzying speed and spirituality changed their lives

Interviews by Kate Hutchinson

18, Nov, 2020 @6:00 AM

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'No place does me like Lagos' – a cartoon by Tayo Fatunla
The city has endured much through the years, but as cartoonist Tayo Fatunla grew up saying: ‘Eko oni baje’ or ‘Lagos cannot be destroyed’

Tayo Fatunla

22, Feb, 2019 @12:00 PM

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Gateways – Tony Allen and Nigeria: From Afrobeat to Afrobeats
After Afrobeat faded and the major labels left Nigeria, a new wave of artists influenced by hip-hop revitalised the country’s music scene

Ian McQuaid

08, Aug, 2016 @11:00 AM

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Guy Garvey's Meltdown playlist: Laura Marling, Femi Kuti and Jesca Hoop
Ahead of his festival at the Southbank Centre, the Elbow frontman picks a few tracks from the lineup’s artists and premieres his new track, Open the Door

Guy Garvey

03, Jun, 2016 @12:37 PM

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Robert Plant, Femi Kuti and Laura Marling to play Guy Garvey's Meltdown
Elbow frontman and BBC 6 Music DJ announces the Southbank music festival will also feature Connan Mockasin, Lift to Experience and the Staves, and there will be a theme – boats

Guardian music

08, Mar, 2016 @12:54 PM

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10 things we learned at Womadelaide 2014
From gourmet lasagne to guitars made from cigar boxes – here are our favourite moments from the Australian outpost of Womad

Alfred Hickling

12, Mar, 2014 @4:16 PM

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Femi Kuti, Shanren review – triumph from beginning to end
Yunnan novices put their spin on the festival anthem and the consummate bandleader has his god-like status confirmed

Alfred Hickling

11, Mar, 2014 @2:23 AM

Femi Kuti: No Place for My Dream – review
Femi Kuti is still fighting for the same causes that his father used to, and making some interesting sounds in the process, writes Robin Denselow

Robin Denselow

09, May, 2013 @9:59 PM

Nigeria sings new tune with opening of Fela Kuti museum
Monica Mark: Authorities with whom Afrobeat creator so often tangled in his lifetime turn his Kalakuta commune in Lagos into a heritage site

Monica Mark in Lagos

19, Oct, 2012 @9:49 AM

Africa Express: its past in pictures

Africa Express starts making its way round the UK next week – in a train packed with musicians both African and British that departs from London on Sunday. Previous tours have been accompanied by photographer Simon Phipps – here's his pick of images from gigs in Ethiopia, Nigeria and France, taken between 2008 and 2010

30, Aug, 2012 @11:26 AM

Music Weekly podcast: Womad 2012 special

Alexis Petridis reports from Womad 2012 at Charlton Park, where the festival celebrated its 30th birthday with a record-breaking turnout

Presented by Alexis Petridis and produced by Jason Phipps, with Kieran Yates and Ruth Barnes

31, Jul, 2012 @11:25 AM

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Womad festival: how was it for you?
Theresa Malone: Were you basking in the Wiltshire sunshine this weekend with Jimmy Cliff, Robert Plant et al? If so, we want to hear from you

Theresa Malone

30, Jul, 2012 @1:56 PM

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