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Fela was an incredible pioneer. His rhythms and influence have been absorbed into so much of the music around today, and the musical world owes him a debt of gratitude.” Stevie Wonder
His music was exotic, royal, powerful, and captured the spirit of Mother Africa. He was respected and loved not only for his music but for his intellect and his dedication to African traditions. Fela was one of the most courageous individuals I have ever met." Randy Weston
An amazing musical genius with a boisterous sense of humor, Fela was an immovable rock in his fight against corruption. Surviving several immoral military regimes, it is a miracle that he died from natural causes rather than their torture.” Hugh Masekela
Fela's biography is important to us all now because it sounds like he is speaking to us from the world beyond. It goes with our aphorism which says that 'Fela Lives.' He lives in the minds and hearts of us all who knew and loved him and to whom he imparted so much knowledge and joy. I personally look forward to reading this book once again, as it provides so much understanding into the mind of such a GREAT MAN.” Femi Kuti
The most charismatic musician to have emerged from Africa in the past 40 years.” Telegraph
Africa’s most important musical export.” Africa Music
[H]e has influenced music in Africa more than anyone else." Guardian
[T]he most influential and significant musician ever to emerge from Africa." Time Out
Carlos Moore is a political scientist and an ethnologist. He is an honorary research fellow at the School for Graduate Studies and Research of the University of the West Indies–Kingston and the author of Pichón: Race and Revolution in Castro's Cuba. Gilberto Gil is a composer, a bandleader, a singer, and a guitarist and has served as the Brazilian minister of culture since 2003. Margaret Busby is a writer, a critic, a broadcaster, and the editor of Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Words and Writing by Women of African Descent.
The book, a very quick read, was interesting coming from first person interviews.
Unfortunately, more insight into the why of Fela's motives were not presented
My sister is "hooked" on FELA. She's seen the play twice and will be seeing it again for the third time, sometimes in December or January, (whenever it comes back to the... Read morePublished on November 1, 2011 by Joyce E. Vickers
This autobiography by Fela was very touching and at the same time interesting. it combines a lot of things. fela as a musicia, fela as an activist, fela growing up. Read morePublished on September 25, 2011 by vizer