Fela‘s spirit is not dead. Just like James Brown or Bob Marley, he woke up the sacred fire in ghetto’s dance halls then passed the flame through his prophets, Tony Allen in particular. Far from being extinct, the Afrobeat torch is carried today by many North American and European groups that make us dance for our greatest pleasure to the sound of powerful and unifying brass. Just see the hellish live performances of a group like Antibalas to understand what I mean. Hey guys, have you got a light ?
the Souljazz Orchestra – Mugambi
Antibalas – War Hero
Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble – Fela Dey
AIFF – Watergirls
Fanga – Crache la Douleur (feat. Tony Allen)