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Apart from Femi Kuti and his group Positive Force and Seun Kuti and the Egypt 80 who through their musical exploits can be regarded as inheritors of the Fela phenomenon, we in Radio Shrine are convinced that the term ‘Afrobeat Family’ today should be extended not only to groups that mirrors and carries on the tradition and musical style created by Africa’s late activist and musical icon Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, but also to include those who through their exploits are identifying with the Fela struggle and legacy of protest music.

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UNKNOWN SOLDIER REVISTED FEBRUARY 18, 1977 – FEBRUARY 18, 2015 (AFROBEAT FAMILY)

Thursday 18 February 2016 by Mabinuori Idowu (aka ID)
To the unsuspecting mind this song’s title represents a homage to military ‘heroes’, in keeping with world-wide trend of erecting statues in memory of soldiers who lost their lives in wars. While Fela in his lifetime cannot be described as ‘a good bed-fellow’ of military orientation and approach in (...)


WAS FELA MENTALLY UNSTABLE? FACEBOOK DEBATE PICTURE SANDRA & ID (AFROBEAT FAMILY)

Monday 25 January 2016 by Mabinuori Idowu (aka ID)
Pardon me folks to revisit this seemingly closed discussion about who is in the picture with Sandra Izsadore, the role of Fela’s cousin Fola in Kalakuta, and Banjoko’s claim that Fela Anikulapo-Kuti was mentally unstable at this time, etc. If I revisit the debate I am doing so for two reasons: (...)


MEMORIAL SEGUN DAMISA 1964 – 2006. (AFROBEAT FAMILY)

Friday 17 July 2015 by Mabinuori Idowu (aka ID)
Radio Shrine! Gan! Gan! We remember today like every other day Segun Damisa, leader of the defunct Abuja based afrobeat group Alkebu-lan, and founder of the Bordeaux based group Afrobeat Crusaders who died of generalised cancer July 17, 2006 in France. Our thoughts on this day like every other (...)


ANSWER TO AFROBEAT FAMILY QUIZ (AFROBEAT FAMILY)

Tuesday 11 February 2014 by Mabinuori Idowu (aka ID)
Radio Shrine! Gan! Gan! Fela once said to me in 1976: “ID, if you don’t blow your trumpet who on earth will blow it for you!” He made the comment following an article I wrote with inputs from Lemi and Duro my co-members of YAP Care-Taker Committee, published in our newsletter YAP News titled: (...)


AFROBEAT FAMILY QUIZ (AFROBEAT FAMILY)

Friday 7 February 2014 by Mabinuori Idowu (aka ID)
Radio Shrine ! Gan ! Gan ! This is a quiz for all members of our afrobeat family out there: Who is the kidnapped smiling lady with the crutch? Who is her smiling, hooded kidnapper? Where did the kidnapping take place? How was she rescued from her kidnappers? Can anyone (...)


LE PREMIER RASTA (AFROBEAT FAMILY)

Friday 15 April 2011 by Mabinuori Idowu (aka ID)
A NE PAS MANQUER LE 27 AVRIL 2011... 10 ans après son livre LE PREMIER RASTA, la journaliste Hélène Lee repart pour la Jamaïque, caméra à l’épaule, sur les traces de Leonard Percival Howell, initiateur et catalyseur du Mouvement Rastafari, conSidéré par certains comme son fondateur. Entre images (...)


HOMAGE : Segun DAMISA 2010 (AFROBEAT FAMILY)

Sunday 12 December 2010 by Mabinuori Idowu (aka ID)
Chez Alriq, a suburban bar/café reputed for its open air live music and restaurant in Bordeaux France was home to another week-end of Afrobeat music the 16 & 17 July 2010 in homage to Segun Damisa (1964-2006). Segun former leader of the defunct afrobeat group Alkebu-lan based in Abuja (...)


THE RETURN OF THE KING (AFROBEAT FAMILY)

Wednesday 4 August 2010 by Mabinuori Idowu (aka ID)
Femi Anikulapo-Kuti can aptly be described in Yoruba language as ‘Omo d’agba tan’ – which literally means: ‘a child has come of age’ or ‘a child has attained adulthood’. Considering that at almost 49 years of age (born 16th June 1962), he can no longer be considered as a child. However, the (...)


TIKEN JAH FAKOLY . (AFROBEAT FAMILY)

Tuesday 3 August 2010 by Mabinuori Idowu (aka ID)
Apart from Femi and his group, Positive Force, who through their musical exploits can be regarded as inheritors of the Fela phenomenon, it is most encouraging today to hear groups like Tiken Jah Fakoly identifying with the Fela struggle and legacy. With the strong message from his first major (...)


SEUN KUTI & EGYPT 80 (AFROBEAT FAMILY)

Monday 2 August 2010 by Mabinuori Idowu (aka ID)
Seun Anikulapo Kuti is claimed particularly among those who never saw the King, to possess the grace, the energy and the fury of Fela. Performing with the Egypt 80, the legendary group of Fela, Seun’s showmanship has been described in the media as “relive the most original embodiment of Afro (...)


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