Fela: Kalakuta Notes

Overview

Fela Kuti was the outstanding African musician of the 20th century and Afrobeat is his lasting legacy. This book, lavishly illustrated with personal and evocative snapshots, adds a unique insight to the growing body of literature on Fela and provides a guide to the music that rocked a continent.

In addition to reviewing the events in Fela’s life, John Collins provides transcripts from his personal diary while he stayed and played with Fela during the golden days of the 1970s. He...

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Overview

Fela Kuti was the outstanding African musician of the 20th century and Afrobeat is his lasting legacy. This book, lavishly illustrated with personal and evocative snapshots, adds a unique insight to the growing body of literature on Fela and provides a guide to the music that rocked a continent.

In addition to reviewing the events in Fela’s life, John Collins provides transcripts from his personal diary while he stayed and played with Fela during the golden days of the 1970s. He also interviews those who worked with the artist, including Joe Mensah and Stan Plange. The book looks at Fela’s political activism and reviews his music, including a complete discography.

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"In the end, we are left with a book that is part biography, part anecdotal history of aspects of the contemporary West African music scene, part memoir of Collins’ time with Fela, part expose, part musical analysis. Considering that it consists of only 159 oversize pages, many of which are partly or wholly devoted to a fascinating array of photographs, Collins has managed to pack quite a lot into a fairly small space."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789068327489
  • Publisher: KIT (Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen)
  • Publication date: 5/28/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John Collins has been actively involved in the Ghanaian and West African music scene since 1969, as a musician, band leader, recording producer and engineer, music union executive, writer and music journalist. He has published numerous articles on West African music and over the past 30 years has influenced and inspired countless other activists, journalists, writers, historians, musicologists and musicians. His previous books include African Pop Roots (1985) and Highlife Time (1996).

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Table of Contents

Foreword; About the Author; Introduction; PART 1: EARLY DAYS 1) The Birth of Afrobeat; 2) Joe Mensah Remembers; 3) Fela in Ghana; 4) Stan Plange Remembers; PART 2: CONFRONTATION 5) Kalakuta is Born; 6) ‘JB’ talks about Fela; 7) The Kalakuta Republic; 8) The Black President; 9) Amsterdam and After; PART 3: RETROSPECT 10) Mac Tontoh on Fela; 11) Frank Talk About Fela; 12) Obiba Plays it Again; 13) Smart Binete Sorts it Out; 14) Anku Checks Out the Beat; 15) Nana Danso Orchestrates; 16) Fela: The Full Works; 17) Interview with Fela; 18) Afterthoughts, Updates and 'Felabrations".

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