Kalakuta Notes Expanded

 Fela: Kalakuta Notes Second Edition
Fela: Kalakuta Notes Second Edition

We reviewed the first edition of Fela – Kalakuta Notes in 2009. A second expanded edition was published in 2015 by Wesleyan University Press.

In this second edition, British-Ghanaian musician and author Collins has extended the original introduction by providing crucial context for popular music in Africa in the 1960s and the influences on Fela Kuti’s music and politics. The 1960s was a time of independence and change for many African nations, including Nigeria.

Another addition to the original book is a new closing chapter, where Collins discusses the legacy of Fela: the international spread of Afrobeat; Fela’s musical children, Femi and Seun Kuti; the Kalakuta Museum; and the annual Felabrations held in Nigeria, North America and Europe.

The discography has been updated by Ronnie Graham. Also, there’s a timeline; and historical photographs.

Lastly, the new edition includes a foreword by Banning Eyre, senior editor of American syndicated radio show Afropop Worldwide.

As indicated in our previous review of the book, Fela: Kalakuta Notes is an essential read. Fela Kuti was a highly influential musician who developed a new musical genre, Afrobeat that has spread throughout the world. His music and political activism have influenced numerous individuals throughout the world.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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