New Afrika Shrine Comes Alive As Felabration 2015 Kicks Off

imageIT is that time of the year again, as the 2015 edition of Felabration, a celebration of the music heritage, life and times of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti comes in full swing on Monday, October 12.

According to the organisers, the annual international music festival will parade a variety of music stars from within, and outside the country. Some of the acts slated to perform are, Third World: An international reggae group and the Newen Afrobeat Band from Chile. Also likely to perform is Lauren Hill, and a host of A list Nigerian musicians.

Felabration is the brainchild of Yeni Kuti, the legend’s eldest offspring, and is held every year in honour of the Afrobeat creator, and music icon.

With the theme, Just Like That, this year’s edition officially kicked off with a debate for secondary schools on Tuesday, October 6 at Freedom Park, Lagos Island. Public and private schools alike slugged it out as they debated the topic, Poverty Is Not An Accident, a quote made famous by the late Nelson Mandela.

The NECA building at the Central Business District, Alausa will host the annual Fela Debates symposium. The topic for this year, Human Rights is my Property, will be moderated by the immediate past governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola. Also speaking will be Sandra Izsadore, who was instrumental to redirecting Fela’s music perception from American styled Jazz to the Rhythms of Africa, Afrobeat. Also speaking will be Prof Chidi Odinkalu of the Nigeria Human Rights Commission, Mr. Kunle Ajibade. Journalist; and renowned human rights activist; Mrs. Ayo Obe.

From Monday October 12, the festival’s official home, the New Afrika Shrine, will come alive later that night, with the first batch of performers taking the stage. The events will run from Monday till Sunday 18 October, with daytime carnivals and road shows on major streets in the Lagos axis.

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