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Arrest the Music! Fela and His Rebel Art and Politics

by Tejumola Olaniyan - £14.99  Indiana University Press (2004)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780253217189 | ISBN 10: 0253217180

A lively study of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, one of Africa's most popular and controversial musicians. The flamboyant originator of the 'Afrobeat' sound and self-proclaimed voice of the voiceless, Fela used music, sharp-tongued lyrics and derisive humour to challenge the shortcomings of the Nigerian and postcolonial African states. Looking at the social context, instrumentation, lyrics, visual art and people through which Fela produced his music, Tejumola Olaniyan offers a wider, more suggestive perspective on Fela and his impact on listeners in all parts of the world. With Fela front and centre, Olaniyan underscores important social issues such as authenticity, racial and cultural identity, the relationship of popular culture to radical politics, and the meaning of postcolonialism, nationalism and globalism in contemporary Africa. This book is invaluable for understanding the career of an African superstar and his role in the politics of popular culture.

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