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October 9 - October 15
There are painfully average people whose greatest accomplishment in life was discovering the delicious combination of red and blue slushies. Then there are national treasures like Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, a man who created one of Africa’s most popular music genres with his eclectic tastes.
Felabration is a funkadelic music festival that celebrates Fela’s life, his enormous influence on Nigerian society, and the Afrobeat genre. It’s held annually on the week of his birthday at the colorful New Afrika Shrine in Ikeja, Lagos State. The week-long concert maintains the same infectious energy that Fela possessed decades ago, bringing a wealth of artists from all over the world to keep the rhythm pulsing. Local Nigerian artists and international acts grace the stage with notes of Afrobeat, hip-hop, R&B and jazz, among many others. The amount of talent that descends upon this West African hot spot speaks volumes about Fela’s status as a global icon.
The festivals always include various creatively diverse activities. ‘The Fela Debates’, symposium series, the secondary schools debate for schools in Lagos State, Dance Troupes, Photo Exhibitions, The Fela Street Carnival Parade with musical floats and costumed dancers The Fela Week Partners events and much more. Felabration offer an exhilarating week-long festivity celebrating the iconic status of Africa’s best known musical figure, and best of all, it remains mostly free!
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