HAPPY BIRTHDAY FELA !!!! ITS A FELA-BRATION!
This video is a tribute to the pioneer of Afro Beats! As a British born Nigerian I can proudly say I was one of the pioneers for the New-Wave of African acts in the UK before “Afro Beat” as we know it became popular on UK national radio.
"Hit Em Up" is a hard hitting horn filled beat remembering early Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Koola Lobitos - Wa dele Wa Rohin (1965). Wa Dele Wa Rohin translates to “You will come home and give a tremendous account of yourself”. Hit Em Up is me doing exactly that!. It is a celebration of multiculturalism and paints the picture of my upbringing in the UK which is represented throughout the video. The concept was to create a collage of images through the use of art, fashion and music trends.
The directors Phillip Figueroa and Adrian Figueroa had exclusive insight into the world of Fela as their Father was a regular photographer at Fela’s gigs.
We filmed part of this video around places I grew up in London, Peckham Woolwich my hometown, Elephant & Castle and a few more memorable landmarks which have highlighted my career thus far. It is funny some people mistake the rooftop of Peckham cinema complex to be somewhere in Africa! In my opinion it is!
Once again! It’s Felabration! Long Live the President! Shouts out my homeboy Seun Kuti!
Cathedral - Organ, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany.
Time waits for no man…
Two things prevent us from happiness; living in the past and observing others.
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” ― George Bernard Shaw
To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.
Michelle Obama is capturing a particular (though arguably narrow) definition of femininity that is often denied to black women. For example, she chose President Thomas Jefferson’s portrait as the backdrop for her official White House photo. There she is, the first black, First Lady, in a sleeveless dress, and behind her is Thomas Jefferson, who raped a teenage bondswoman, Sally Hemings (the half-sister of his wife), and enslaved his own children. Michelle’s photo executes a self-conscious taunting that reaches across the span of history to repudiate the violence and brutality suffered by so many enslaved women. Michelle stands boldly in a White House where she is mistress, not slave. Her body is for her. She is not reduced to a mule or a breeder. Her children belong to her, and she is free to love and protect them. It is an act of resistance for a black woman to demand that her body belong to herself for her pleasure, her adornment, even her vanity, because in the United States, black women’s bodies have often been valued only to the extent that they produce wealth and pleasure for others. When Michelle insists on audacious, sleeveless femininity, she strikes back against the reduction of black women to hypersexual breeders or asexual laborers. Hers is an important departure from the dissemblance strategies of twentieth-century club women who sought to prove their respectability through prim sexual ethics. Michelle refuses to be ashamed of her distinctive black woman’s body and all the attributes and anxieties it evokes. Rather than shrouding herself in shame, she shows her body with surprising, self-confident ease.
Michelle Harris-Perry, Sister Citizen (via brutereason)
now in love with this
She standing there like, “Get yo’ ass in the back, TJ!”
God, I love this!
“You have to be twice as good as them to get half of what they have.”