Nigeria

The Two-Way
7:28 am
Tue February 25, 2014

More Than Two Dozen Boys Killed In Attack On Nigerian School

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 7:47 am

Suspicion is immediately focusing on the Islamist group Boko Haram as word emerges about another horrific attack on school children in Nigeria.

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Movies
12:20 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Hollywood, Bollywood, Make Way For Nollywood

Jeta Amata attends a Black November screening in 2012.
Paul Morigi Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 1:17 pm

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World Music
12:52 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

First Listen: William Onyeabor, 'Who Is William Onyeabor?'

Who Is William Onyeabor? is being released by the Luaka Bop record label. It comes out Oct. 29.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 12:02 pm

If Fela Kuti was a child of James Brown, fellow Nigerian William Onyeabor is something like the next-generation musical offspring of Parliament-Funkadelic.

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All Songs Considered
7:52 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

First Watch: Femi Kuti, 'The World Is Changing'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 1:24 pm

"'The World Is Changing' is groove with a message." That quote, a pretty good summary of the music of Femi Kuti in just nine words, comes from Juan Gélas, the creative director of a new video for Kuti's new song. Femi Kuti is a saxophonist, trumpeter, keyboard player and singer and songwriter. The son of legendary afrobeat musician Fela Kuti, he carries on the tradition of mixing Nigerian beats along with jazz and a healthy dose of politics. Juan Gélas says, "Femi Kuti continues to be a leading protest artist out of modern Africa and his voice talks to us all."

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World Music
4:32 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Frozen Dead Guy Days

Tuff Shed with the Dead Guy
Flickr User: rickpawl

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at festivals happening around the world along with the music of the cultures they represent. This week, we’ll catch the Big Fish in Nigeria, and look stateside for a festival that has kept one man on ice for over 20 years. 

FROZEN DEAD GUY DAYS

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World Music
11:00 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Fela Kuti, On Film and In Concert

Kino Lorber Films

Fela Kuti is considered the founder of the musical style known as Afropop, which employs a very large band with a jazzy horn section and African rhythms. Kuti is not only a composer, but multi-instrumentalist, human rights advocate and political agitator. 

The Fela Kuti Double Feature Documentary and Concert DVD is hypnotic watching, beginning with the chain smoking Fela introducing himself. 

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