I got put on to Fela by my boy Russel Coker in college. Russel was mixed like me (He’s Nigerien/White), but he was so hardcore African. He used to play Fela’s music all the time and it was invigorating stuff. Fela to me was a mix between James Brown, Bob Marley, Miles Davis & Busta Rhymes.
In his early years he was full of energy and infused music from the West (Jazz, Soul & even Rock) into his performance and the nigga danced his ass off!
His music to me is like pure energy… I have no clue what he’s saying when he sings in his native tongue, but listening him makes me feel free and there’s no feeling like that in this world. The truth is Fela was like most creative people at that time; against the machine that makes the world suck…
He said once in an interview…
“My name is Anikulapo… I have death in my pouch. I can’t DIE. You can’t kill me…”
Word to God… That’s some bold shit to say from one man, but he meant it and eventually his brash statements and activist ways landed him in prison in 1984 on trumped up money laundering charges, but after 20 months in prison he was freed due to the efforts of various Human Rights groups in Nigeria.
See… Fela was an advocate for Human Right, Freedom and Love… His music and legacy will live through his music and hopefully inspire people, like he’s inspired me…
I often contemplate my place in this world and what I was meant to do in life; lately I’ve been contemplating what more I can do in this life rather than try to figure out what it is I’m meant to do. Life is the longest thing we have and wasting time wonder and not going for what’s real is never gonna make shit any better for anyone. And giving in to the old way of thinking that made people like Fela fall victim to society’s shit isn’t going to help much either.
Fela changed the whole social make up of his homeland of Nigeria through music… This is what I want to do… This is why I’m here, to change something through doing what I love… How many people can say that they want/can change shit doing what they love nowadays?
H Diddy Blogger… OUT
“MUSIC IS THE WEAPON… MUSIC IS THE WEAPON OF THE FUTURE” -Fela