Monday, March 01, 2010

?uestlove on Fela

"Fela is the one African figure whose story resonates with modern American hip hop culture. The trials and tribulations that he's went through politically, socially, creatively, it's the story of hip hop, it's the story of taking nothing and making it into something."


So a few weeks ago I traveled on an Africa kick after receiving the latest issue of Wax Poetics, which was similarly titled The Africa Issue. One of the posts I threw up was about the new batch of Fela reissues from Knitting Factory Records. Check the video above for the importance of Fela to modern hip hop music from ?uestlove, who's involved as an associate producer for the hit musical Fela! on Broadway.

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