Veteran guitarist, composer and arranger, Ebo Taylor will lead a pack of musicians to pay tribute to Nigerian Afro-beat star, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, at a concert slated for Saturday, October 17 at Alliance Francaise in Accra.
Dubbed Felabration, the event is to celebrate the immense influence Fela had on popular music in Ghana and elsewhere. Felabration was created by Yeni Anikulapo Kuti in honour of her father and Afro-beat creator in 1998.
This will be the first time it is being marked in Ghana.
Apart from Ebo Taylor, several other talented artistes will also be on stage to perform their own songs and tributes to Fela at the 7.00 p.m. concert.
They include Gyedu Blay Ambolley, Kyekyeku, Villy & the Xtreme Volumes, Yaa Yaa and Kankam.
An exhibition of posters titled ‘Buy Africa’ will open on the night and end on November 8. Put together by Joseph-Oduro Frimpong of Ashesi University, the exhibition highlights the legacy of Fela’s music.
The exhibition aims to call attention to aspects of Fela’s life and music worth emulating, that is to boldly name and shame our political leaders and their cronies whose corrupt practices rob ordinary citizens of decent lives.
Fela was born in Abeokuta, Nigeria, on October 15, 1938. He died on August 2, 1997. It is recognised in respected music circles globally that he was inspired by Ghanaian highlife in the creation of Afro-beat.
“Ghana and Nigeria have had strong musical ties for many years. Fela himself was a familiar face in Ghana and he worked with many Ghanaian musicians,” said music producer and recording engineer, Panji Anooff, who has been involved with Felabration in Nigeria for several years.
According to Alliance Francaise, the Accra event is endorsed by the Felabration Organising Committee (FOC) in Lagos, Nigeria.