Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar, Knitting Factory Records, Strut Records and Partisan Records presents a
Listening Party for FELA KUTI LIVE IN DETROIT 1986. Hosted by DJ Joe Bryl
Award wChicago, like many cities worldwide, has been encountering a resurgence in interest towards African music and more particularly the style better known as Afrobeat and its pioneer, Nigerian born and based Fela Anikulapo Kuti. The turbulent and amazing prolific career of musician and political activist Fela is the focus of the Broadway Tony inning musical currently playing at the Oriental Theater in Chicago. Local bands like Chicago Afrobeat Project pay homage to Fela and his infusion of jazz with soul, funk, rock and African rhythms while the local nightclub The Shrine is based upon Fela’s own musical venue in Lagos.