In this light the organizers of the 2009 festival have also added something new: the “Fela Debate” with the topic; ‘The Social and Political Impact of Fela on our society’. According to the organizers of the festival the public will be invited annually to choose a defining topic that will always reflect Fela, his philosophy, career and politics.
As part of our contribution to the annual Fela Debate, we in Radio Shrine in recognition as an essential part of Fela’s message would like to propose as topic for the 2010 Felabration a colloquium: ‘On African Origin of civilization and Religion’. We will also recommend strongly the presence of Professor Théophile Obenga on the panelled of discussants. Please sign below if you agree with us and if no please suggest other topic.
A festival that would assemble all groups playing afrobeat world-wild at the Africa Shrine Lagos Nigeria in a-week long musical pilgrimage and street carnival, the 2010 Felabration promises to be gigantesque. Scheduled from Monday 11 – Sunday 17, October 2010 in Lagos Nigeria, it has a promise to bring more than the one million people for the street carnival like those present at Fela’s funeral.
Unlike the 1997 funeral procession mentioned above, these week-long events will include members of the afrobeat musical family taking part in a Brazilian style musical carnival, with giant masquerades, acrobats and cultural dances through the streets of Lagos from Agidingbi to Ojota, Maryland, Ikeja and back to the New Africa Shrine in Ikeja on the mainland (see map).
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The carnival will be followed by debates, plus nights of live concerts at the New Africa Shrine from all groups participating in the afrobeat pilgrimage. All these events will be filmed and recorded with the objective of producing CDs and DVDs.
Plans are underway for two-way charter flights from New York, London and Paris for interested individuals or groups. With a package including hotel accommodation and ground transport for participants at a price yet to be determined. Obviously, the more we are the cheaper the price will be and the merrier of course. All afrobeat family interested in taking part in this week-long event should please inscribe in the space indicated on this website.