Culture June 21, 2018 at 03:23 pm

10 traditional African songs that won international acclaim

Mildred Europa Taylor | Head of Content

Mildred Europa Taylor June 21, 2018 at 03:23 pm

June 21, 2018 at 03:23 pm | Culture

Gentleman by Fela Kuti

He was a pioneer in Afrobeat, a blend of Nigerian and Ghanaian musical styles, funk and jazz that became popular across West Africa and among African expatriates in the 1970’s.

With his band, Afrika 70, Fela sang lyrics in Pidgin English and local languages that openly challenged the Nigerian government led by Murtala Mohammed and General Olusegun Obasanjo, who would later become President of Nigeria.

Blending elements of Yoruba spiritual traditions into his performances, Fela continued to make music and call out corruption in his nation throughout the 1980s and 1990s, before his death in 1997.

His music above, “The Gentleman” was one of his major hits.


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