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Paris Honours Afrobeat Pioneer Fela Kuti in Retrospective Exhibition 

Source: Euronews.

A new immersive exhibition opening at the Paris Philharmonic is celebrating the legacy and life of Fela Kuti, the Nigerian music legend regarded as the pioneer of Afrobeat. The concert hall and exhibition complex is paying homage to the late musician by recreating the atmosphere of his sweaty, politically-charged nightclub, The Shrine, in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos; that became a beacon for global stars in the 1970s, including Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney. Co-curator of the exhibition Alexandre Girard-Muscagorry, said that the show aims to “unfold the entire musical and political trajectory using archives and unpublished photographs”, allowing visitors to get “as close as possible to Fela’s music and his political struggles.”