The growing profile of Felabration keeps bringing glitz and glamour to the city of Lagos. Every year thousands of visitors from all over the world gather at the Afrika Shrine to celebrate the legacy of the afrobeat icon – the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
What is Felabration?
Felabration is an annual festival of music, culture and arts that commemorates the life and times of Nigeria’s foremost musical icon, the late great Fela Anikulapo Kuti. It is undoubtedly showing Nigeria’s response to world music festivals. The theme for Felabration this year 2017 “Prophecy” depicts Fela’s fight against corruption ingrained in our society and the lack of basic amenities. Twenty years down the line, even those who felt he was a nuisance have come round to believing in Fela’s own special gospel, as everything he prophesied and fought for have come to pass, and his vision of a better society have become faultless.
The growth of Felabration
Felabration has grown from music and dance to become a custodian of the African culture, history, entertainment and education. It hosts an audience of over 1 million people across the globe (With over 30,000 in Nigeria). The 2017 edition which started on 9th of October, 2017 is the 20th celebration of the aftermath of Fela. It is already proving to be more fun than people bargained for, as the festival continues to throw up surprises. Here are our top 5 reasons why this one is a must-go:
1. The African Cultural Display
Felabration is the place of pilgrimage for those who want to catch a glimpse of African culture, dance and the afrobeat music. This event will feature many dance troupes and artists that have the African culture embedded in their creative dances that would perform to your delight.
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2. Music wey make sense!
Felabration always attract the best local and international acts from all corners of the earth who are ready to display their creativity and musical talent. This is where you can listen to the best of Afrobeats in the world. As always a long list of artistes will be performing live on stage to a massive number of fans of the great icon. The musicians performing includes; Kiss Daniels, Femi Kuti (late son of Fela), Oritse Femi, Niniola, Sauti Sol, Viktoh, Terry Apala, MC Galaxy, Dj Jimmy Jatt, Adekunle Gold and Seun Kuti.
3. The New Afrika Shrine
If you want to understand the life of Fela more, the Afrika Shrine is the best place to head to. From the historical reflection of the music icon to the philosophical and political messages on the boards. The actual shrine that is decorated with statues, Fela outfit, his famous slim fit yellow shirt and trousers to match can be seen here. We must admit, this is the home of the great afrobeat master.
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4. The Kalakuta Museum
If you have ever dreamt of getting close to Fela, the Kalakuta Museum is the best place to spend your Felabration week. It features luxury suites that have made it possible for tourists who are coming for Felabration to have their accommodation in comfort. However, if you do not want to lodge, you can visit here during the festival and join the parties held on the rooftop terrace every night. It is more fun than you can ever imagine!
5. Networking Opportunity
Felabration provides a valuable networking opportunity for those who share the same interest and feeling. Celebrities from the different part of the African continent will be present at the event to perform on stage for free. It is a night packed with fun. Get out tonight and you won’t regret it. See you there!
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