Africa Now August 13, 2014 Fela Kuti’s Use of Culture as Critical Consciousness; and the U.S. Militarization of Africa

Fela Kuti and Supporters Photo by Francis Kertekian/Rikki Stein

Fela Kuti and Supporters Photo by Francis Kertekian/Rikki Stein

Topic and Guests: Fela Kuti’s Use of Culture as Critical Consciousness; and the U.S. Militarization of Africa. A discussion with Femi Kuti—Fela Kuti’s son—about his father’s musical and political contribution.  Femi Kuti is a renowned musician in his own right and just as his famous father Fela, he also uses cultural as critical consciousness.  Africa Now! interviewed Femi Kuti about Fela Kuti's musical and political contribution.  The discussion occurred in the context of recent film Finding Fela.

Africa Now! played a recording part of the panel entitled “Militarism and Human Security” at the all-day session "Empowered Africa: A Progressive Dialogue on Sustainability, Peace and Democracy," at which Professor Horace Campbell of Syracuse University analyzed the U.S. military industrial complex in Africa.  Dr. Campbell discussed not just the visible role of soldiers but also the relationship between non-governmental and research organizations with the military.  Dr. Horace Campbell is professor in the Department of African American Studies and Dept. of Political Science at Syracuse University.

Fela Kuti Photo by Francis Kertekian/Rikki Stein

Fela Kuti Photo by Francis Kertekian/Rikki Stein

Femi Kuti Photo by Fela Films, LLC

Femi Kuti Photo by Fela Films, LLC

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