Fela

Fela
Fela

Fela

This Bitch of a Life
By Carlos Moore, Foreword by Gilberto Gil, Introduction by Margaret Busby

BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

288 Pages, 5.25 x 8.5

Formats: Mobipocket, Trade Paper, EPUB, PDF

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ISBN 9781569766699

Rights: WOR X UK & NG

Chicago Review Press (May 2009)
Lawrence Hill Books

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Overview

“Fela was an incredible pioneer. His rhythms and influence have been absorbed into so much of the music around today, and the musical world owes him a debt of gratitude.” —Stevie Wonder
African superstar, composer, singer, and musician, as well as mystic and political activist, Nigerian Fela Kuti, born in 1938, was controversy personified. He was swept to international celebrity on a wave of scandal and flamboyance, and when he died of AIDS in 1997, more than a million people attended his funeral. But what was he really like, this man who could as easily arouse violent hostility as he could unswerving loyalty? Carlos Moore's unique biography, based on hours of conversation and told in Fela's first-person vernacular, reveals the icon's complex personality and tumultuous existence. Moore includes interviews with fifteen of his queens (wives); photos; and an updated discography.

Reviews

“Fela was an incredible pioneer. His rhythms and influence have been absorbed into so much of the music around today, and the musical world owes him a debt of gratitude.” —Stevie Wonder

“His music was exotic, royal, powerful, and captured the spirit of Mother Africa. He was respected and loved not only for his music but for his intellect and his dedication to African traditions. Fela was one of the most courageous individuals I have ever met." —Randy Weston

“An amazing musical genius with a boisterous sense of humor, Fela was an immovable rock in his fight against corruption. Surviving several immoral military regimes, it is a miracle that he died from natural causes rather than their torture.” —Hugh Masekela

“Fela's biography is important to us all now because it sounds like he is speaking to us from the world beyond. It goes with our aphorism which says that 'Fela Lives.' He lives in the minds and hearts of us all who knew and loved him and to whom he imparted so much knowledge and joy. I personally look forward to reading this book once again, as it provides so much understanding into the mind of such a GREAT MAN.” —Femi Kuti

“The most charismatic musician to have emerged from Africa in the past 40 years.” —Telegraph

“Africa’s most important musical export.” —Africa Music

“[H]e has influenced music in Africa more than anyone else." —Guardian

“[T]he most influential and significant musician ever to emerge from Africa." —Time Out

Author Biography

Carlos Moore is a political scientist and an ethnologist. He is an honorary research fellow at the School for Graduate Studies and Research of the University of the West Indies–Kingston and the author of Pichón: Race and Revolution in Castro's Cuba. Gilberto Gil is a composer, a bandleader, a singer, and a guitarist and has served as the Brazilian minister of culture since 2003. Margaret Busby is a writer, a critic, a broadcaster, and the editor of Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Words and Writing by Women of African Descent.