The first time it happened was in the very late 1990s. That was when the duo of Kenny (Keke) Ogungbe and Dayo Adeneye (D One) put up a spectacular concert that featured father and son. Powered by Nigerian Distillers, the show which was live on Raypower held at the then Waterparks, Toyin Street, Ikeja, and it was spiritually entitled "...The Father, The Son and The Saxophone."
However, as part of its Sunday Special, almost two decades after, M -Net West Africa wants to bring back that fun memory, this time not fresh and blood but in documentary.
The documentaries on Fela Anikulapo - Kuti (who created what is known today in the world of music as afrobeat) and Femi Anikulapo - Kuti (his first son who has flown the flag of afrobeat to all continents of the world with KORA Award, World Music Award and Grammy nomination among others to show for it) will be screened separately; it will be capturing their experiences through interviews, street scenes and the music they are known for.
While Fela's documentary entitled "Music Is The Weapon" will be showing on tonight at 6:00 pm while that of Femi whose latest album "Day By Day" is doing well in Europe (will soon be released in Nigeria with a different title) is entitled "Live At The Shrine," will be screened on March 22 at 06:00 pm.
According to information from Segun Fayose of the Corporate Communications and Public Affairs department of MultiChoice Nigeria, Fela Anikulapo Kuti or simply Fela was one of a kind Nigerian musician, composer and creator of the Afro-beat music genre. He is remembered as one of the biggest human rights activists as well as political mavericks of his time and has left a legacy of using music to unite people.
Born October 15, 1938, to an activist mother and a reverend father, he had a sister, Dolu and two brothers, Dr. Beko Ransome and Prof. Olikoye Ransome Kuti who were well known doctors in Nigeria. Fela travelled to London at age 20 to study medicine but ended up studying music at the Trinity College of Music instead. While there, he formed a band that came up with a style of music that was a fusion of American Jazz, rock and funk with a West African feel to it.
Throughout his illustrious career, Fela Kuti continued to mesmerise audiences around the world. His first album, The 69 Los Angeles Sessions, was recorded with his group Nigeria 70. In 1970, the group renamed itself and became known as Africa 70 and upon returning to Nigeria, Fela formed the Kalakuta Republic - a recording studio and place of refuge for his band. The groups' albums were sung in Pidgin English, much to the approval of West African audience. Another ground-breaking performance by the star was alongside Ginger Baker with the hit-song Stratavarious in 1972. With unrelenting focus and dedication to his music, between 1973 and 1979, Kuti continued to tour and also recorded the album Zombie.
Between 1980 and 1986 Fela Kuti and his newly re-named group, Egypt 80 had global success. The group toured America and Europe and performed at one of the world's biggest concerts, Amnesty International with Bono, Carlos Santana and the Neville Brothers and in the same period released Beasts of No Nation.
During the 1990's Fela's album output started to dwindle and on August 3 1997, his brother Olikoye Kuti, a prominent AIDS activist and former health minister, stunned the nation by announcing his brother died on Saturday August 2 of heart failure complicated by HIV/AIDS.
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