The annual Felabration festival that celebrates the life, times and music of Fela Anikulapo Kuti is here again. The weeklong event kicked off on Monday, October 9 and end on Sunday, October 15, at the New Afrika Shrine, is themed “The Prophecy”.
This year’s edition marks the 20th memorial anniversary of the great legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
As expected, it promises to be an exciting and fun time for everyone.
Here are 5 things to expect from the unique festival this year:
1. Expect it to be bigger and better!
This year’s Felabration promises to be bigger and better, as Fela’s daughter, Yeni Kuti, has said that no fewer than 250,000 guests will grace this year’s Felabration festival from all over the world.
2. Expect a superb appreciation of the unique genre that is Afrobeat
Afrobeat is a music genre, which was developed in the 1970s by Nigerian multi-instrumentalist musician and legend, Fela Kuti, out of a combination of West African musical styles, such as Fuji music and highlife with American jazz, with a focus on chanted vocals and percussion. The festival will fully celebrate the genre that features chants, call-and-response vocals, and complex and interacting rhythms.
3. A full brewed activity line-up
As we all know, Felabration is a weeklong festival and in the course of the week, various events will be taking place. The events are designed to educate and entertain the participants and ensure that the week is a memorable one. There will be a symposium themed, “Forty Years Post Festac 77 and 20 Years Post Fela, Wither the Pan African Dream?” There will also be a debate titled “African History: A curriculum Necessity or Not” where students can get involved in the festival. This year’s Felabration will also be birthing the first ever “Afrobics” dance competition.
4. Expect to see your favourite Nigerian artistes
Felabration annually attracts the best local and international acts, from all corners of the earth. At the festival, there is usually a collection of spectacular talent, creativity, and musical vibrations. The festival has over the years attracted various artistes like 2baba, Asa, Femi Kuti, Lucky Dube, Awilo, Baba Maal, King Sunny Ade and Lagbaja. Felabration 2017 will not be an exception as Femi Kuti, Seun Kuti, Adewale Ayuba, Davido, Adekunle Gold and DJ Jimmy Jatt are lined up to thrill guests over the course of the week. Also, Sauti Sol, Bez, Kiss Daniel, Niniola, Koker, MC Galaxy, Viktoh, QDot, Terry Apala, Brymo, Jaywon and Dotman amongst others, have also been confirmed to take the New Afrika Shrine stage.
5. Legend Extra Stout Will Be bringing Its Real Deal Experience To The Festival This Year
The weeklong event promises to be a season of excitement and entertainment, as Legend Extra Stout will bring its Real Deal Experience to Felabration.
With all the amazing activities lined up for the festival this year, it is almost certain that no one would want to miss out on it.