Thursday, 15th of October musical circles will be remembering ‘the father’ of afrobeat Fela Kuti as his birthday is recognized globally with annual Felabrations honoring the musicians extraordinary life and career. On Friday 16th London will be hosting its Late at the Library: Felabration! at the atrium of the British Library led by Dele Sosimi and his 16-man afrobeat orchestra. The event will also mark the opening of the British Museums West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song exhibition. The celebration will kick-off an eventful weekend at the British Library, where a screening of the documentary Finding Fela will also take place, followed by artist talks from Tony Allen, Dele Sosimi, 2 Face Idibia, and Lemi Ghariokwu the artist behind some of Felas most memorable album covers.
In the line up we can find afrobeat trailblazer Tony Allen, 2 Face Idibia, Laura Mvula, Shingai Shoniwa, The Floacist, rapper Afrikan Boy, and many others.
following program is a hand picked playlist from the lineup of the coming Felabration.
Afrobeat Ensemble – Oluya
Dele Sosimi – Di Bombs
Tony Allen with Audrey Gbaguidi au LP47! – Pori Jazz Festival 2012
Dele Sosimi Offers Black Instead of Lima Beans to Goue
Tony Allen – Swift (Secret Agent)
Laura Mvula – That’s Alright
Terri Walker – He Loves Me (Yoruba Soul Mix)
The Floacist – Forever
2Face Idibia – See Me So
Buni Thomas – Free As Bird
Wizkid & 2Face Idibia – Dance Go
Afrikan Boy – Going For Gold (Dear mama)