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Call For submission: NYC exhibit on fela

Life After Death: A Multi-Media Analysis of the Persona that Was/Is Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Before the musical icons Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur embraced the
concept of immortality, Nigeria produced a living legend that defied
death and whose persona and spirit lives on. Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s
challenge to mortality was reflected in his lifestyle and the act of
replacing his colonial surname with Anikulapo, a name meaning “he who
carries death in his pouch.” Fela Anikulapo Kuti was an iconographic
figure who launched a multi-media platform of Afrocentricity and
liberation via his music, the creation of a new musical genre –
Afro-beat, the establishment of the Kalakuta Republic, his electrifying
performances, his attempts for presidential candidacy and album art
work created by fellow Nigerian Ghaiokwu Lemi. Fela’s larger than life
spirit and message thrive over a decade after his earthly transition.
This exhibition seeks to pay tribute to one of the African Diaspora’s
most influential living ancestors as well as critique the complexity of
his persona. Life After Death: A Multi-Media Analysis of the Persona
that Was/Is Fela Anikulapo Kuti is a visual homage to a musical genius
and perhaps one of contemporary history’s most powerful protest artists.

Artists are asked to submit pieces that attempt to answer the following
questions: How did Fela’s message shape the political atmosphere of
post-independent Africa? How did the creation of Afro-beat influence
African music at-large and contemporary music in the U.S.? How did
Fela’s lyrics and Lemi’s art work inform one another? What
contradictions existed between Fela’s adulation of his mother
Funmilayo, his adoration of Sandra Isidore and his views on women as
evidenced in his songs “Lady” and “Mattress” and the treatment of his
wives? If Fela had succeeded in his presidential bid as president of
Nigeria, would Africa’s future look differently? How did Fela’s
denouncement of dominant world religions and embrace of Ifa affect
spiritual practices in the Diaspora? What role does Fela currently
serve among young artists and activists?

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