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Concert Hall - Standing

LATE SHOW: 7pm-2am

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After sell out shows at the Electric Ballroom, 229 and The British Library, the Innervisions Festival is Saluting the Black President himself, Fela Kuti, tonight with the Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra and very special guests to be announced shortly.

Curated by Rikki Stein who managed Fela Kuti and whose 46 album back catalogue he continues to administer, Saluting the Black President, will feature a selection of some of Fela Kuti's finest work including "Zombie", "Roforofo Fight", "Expensive Shit", "Water No Get Enemy", "Lady", "Kalakuta Show", "Sorrow, Tears and Blood" and more.

Fela Kuti was born in Nigeria in 1938. He moved to England in 1958 where he studied at the Trinity School of Music. In 1963 he returned to Nigeria where he fronted the Highlife and Jazz Band, Koola Lobitos. In 1969 he toured the USA and after meeting the Black Panther Party re-named his group Fela Ransome-Kuti and the Nigeria 70. He created his own unique style of music which he named Afrobeat.

In 1974, Fela built a fence around his house and declared it to be an independent state: The Kalakuta Republic. Kalakuta was the name of a cell Fela had occupied after being arrested in April 1974. In 1975, Fela changed his middle name to Anikulapo (He who carries death in his pouch). 

In 1977, Fela and the Afrika ’70 released the album 'Zombie', a powerful attack on Nigerian soldiers. The government was infuriated and Kalakuta was raided by about 1,000 soldiers, who burnt down Fela’s house and beat many of its occupants, even throwing Fela’s elderly mother out of a window. 

Fela Kuti has released some of the best and most important music of the past century and has been revered by musicians the world over such as Paul McCartney, ?Uestlovefrom The Roots, Thom Yorke from Radiohead, Miles Davis, Bono from U2 and many more.

Fela’s death on 2nd August 1997 was mourned by the Nigerian nation, with over a million people attending his funeral.


This event is for over 18s only - No refunds will be issued for under 18s.