Even In Death- Fela Remains An Inspiration To International Artistes!

‘Abami Eda’, The legendary Singer Fela Anikulapo Kuti was undoubtedly an inspiration in so many areas. Apart from spheres like the government and politics, the icon remains alive in the hearts of so many Africans, and more so in the international music, Fela continuosly reigns as an inspiration.

Many foreign artistes attest to thisin their various albums.Even some of them sang those yoruba phrases… Listen and see for yourself..

1. Nas ft. Alicia Keys– “Warrior Song” (2002)

Once again, Fela Kuti’s presence is felt in this inspirational song that uses some rhythms from his 1972 track titled “Na Poi.”

In 2002, Nas who’s rated among the greatest hip-hop artistes of all time, sampled Fela’s song, “Na Poi” on “Warrior Song”.

The rapper featured Alicia Keys on the track which was described as a “high energy collaboration”.

“Warrior Song” appeared on God’s Son, the critically acclaimed sixth studio album of Nas.


2. Missy Elliot ft. Timbaland– “Whatcha Gon’ Do” (2001)

Fela Kuti & Afrika 70 provided the creative spark for “Whatcha Gon Do” off of Missy Elliot’s 2001 album, Miss E …So Addictive.

This song samples Fela & Afrika 70’s classic, “Colonial Mentality.”

3.The Roots– “I Will Not Apologize” (2008)

“I Will Not Apologize” samples Fela Kuti’s “Mr Grammarticalogylisationalism Is the Boss.”

Fela’s raw bassline assists The Legendary Roots Crew in just the right way, adding the perfect flavor to complete the track.


4. J. Cole– “Let Nas Down” (2013)
“Let Nas Down” is a song from J. Cole’s 2013 album Born Sinner that takes after the Fela Kuti & The Afrika 70 track titled, “Gentleman.”

The Fela Kuti influence on this track is heavily felt, but doesn’t yet boast enough evidence to be officially labeled as a sample. Did J. Cole use a direct rip from Fela Kuti & Afrika 70’s track.

The Yoruba phrase ‘Mi Gbo’ is resounded all over track.

5 . Drake (Please Forgive Me) Movie

Fela’s music and style continues to inspire several Nigerian and International acts today including Wizkid, D’banj, 2Face and now Drake.
One of the more notable parts of the short film is when Fela Kuti’s “Colonial Mentality” makes an appearance at the 13:20 mark. The track is off of his Sorrow, Tears and Blood album, which was released in 1977 and was written as a response to the Soweto Uprising of 1976

Drake, of course, is not the only major artist today influenced by Fela, the late Nigerian saxophonist and vocalist behind the genre known as Afrobeat.
Watch the video below:



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