The Legacy of Fela Kuti’s Music of Resistance

Source: The New York Times.

Resistance is etched into Afrobeat, the music forged by the Nigerian bandleader and activist Fela Kuti in the 1970s and 1980s. It’s in lyrics that denounce brutality, corruption, apathy, fear and the legacy of colonialism. And it’s in songs that deliberately stretch out, seizing time itself with African-rooted funk grooves that don’t rush but don’t ease off either, merging dance propulsion with unmistakable tension and determination.