Why Every Hip Hop Artist Needs to Know About Fela Kuti

Originally posted on Davey D's Hip Hop Corner:

Adesola_Osakalumi plays Fela

Adesola_Osakalumi plays Fela

As we celebrate June being Black Music Month.. We wanted to focus our attention on Fela Kuti… This Nigerian born singer is celebrated all over the world for his infectious rhythms which many like to call Afro-Beats, but its important to note that to Fela music was not just a commodity to be brought and sold and judged by its position on Billboard Pop charts.. In the tradition of African culture, music took on a lot more weight. It was a form of communication. It was a way to excite, to inform and to heal.. For Fela music was a weapon and throughout his life he used it effectively…

The Broadway Play Fela is back in the Bay Area doing its last week run and we sat down and talk to the lead actor Adesola Osakalumi about his extensive award-winning background in dance,  theater and…

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Plus Rien Ne M’etonne

What I dig about the R & B, Hip Hop, and Reggae that I hear in the French language is that the lyrics are very profound and poetically written.

Ils ont partagé le monde, plus rien ne m’étonne !
Plus rien ne m’étonne !
Plus rien ne m’étonne !
Si tu me laisses la Tchétchénie,
Moi je te laisse l’Arménie
Si tu me laisse l’afghanistan
Moi je te laisses le Pakistan
Si tu ne quittes pas Haïti,
Moi je t’embarque pour Bangui
Si tu m’aides à bombarder l’Irak
Moi je t’arrange le Kurdistan.
Ils ont partagé le monde, plus rien ne m’étonne !
Plus rien ne m’étonne !
Plus rien ne m’étonne !
Si tu me laisses l’uranium,
Moi je te laisse l’aluminium
Si tu me laisse tes gisements,
Moi je t’aides à chasser les Talibans
Si tu me donnes beaucoup de blé,
Moi je fais la guerre à tes côtés
Si tu me laisses extraire ton or,
Moi je t’aides à mettre le général dehors.
Ils ont partagé le monde, plus rien ne m’étonne !
Plus rien ne m’étonne !
Plus rien ne m’étonne !
Ils ont partagé Africa, sans nous consulter
Il s’étonnent que nous soyons désunis.
Une partie de l’empire Maldingue
Se trouva chez les Wollofs.
Une partie de l’empire Mossi,
Se trouva dans le Ghana.
Une partie de l’empire Soussou,
Se trouva dans l’empire Maldingue.
Une partie de l’empire Maldingue,
Se trouva chez les Mossi.
Ils ont partagé Africa, sans nous consulter !
Sans nous demander !
Sans nous aviser !
Ils ont partagé le monde, plus rien ne m’étonne !
Plus rien ne m’étonne !
Plus rien ne m’étonne !

A Beat I Made

I have had a lot of “free time” on my hands, which is a blessing.  I call it functional time, basically I’m finally at that point where my life is more in my control, so I spend my time doing all sorts of stuff these days.  Reading books, learning languages, studying various topics, sharpening my design skills, I’ve even gotten into gardening.  As of lately, I’ve been getting back into making Hip Hop instrumentals, which is something that I have been doing off and on for the past decade plus.  I decided to put together a little video with my music playing in it, this something I made back in 2008, on a lazy sunday morning using Reason 3.  

It feels good to put this stuff together.