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Leni Sinclair Meet the woman who took Fela’s most iconic picture

Leni Sinclair took Fela's photos in 1986 when he came to perform in Detroit.

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Femi Kuti, Leni Sinclair play Femi Kuti, Leni Sinclair at the Shrine. (Instagram )

With Felabration 2015 in full swing, another important woman in Fela’s history has arrived for the yearly celebration.

Leni Sinclair, the woman who took Fela’s most iconic picture has landed in the country for Felabration.

Fela at Orchestra Hall in Detroit, Michigan, in 1986 play

Fela at Orchestra Hall in Detroit, Michigan, in 1986

(Leni Sinclair )

 

Leni Sinclair (original name Magdalene Arndt) took the black and white picture of Fela doing the power salute at the Orchestra Hall in Detroit, Michigan, in 1986. The picture is arguably Fela’s most famous picture.

Leni Sinclair has taken ‘iconic’ pictures of artistes such as Jimi Hendrix, the MC5, and Iggy Pop to John Coltrane, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, Sun Ra, John Lennon, and others.

Sandra Izsadore, the renowned black rights activist who greatly influenced Fela, is currently in Nigeria.

Sandra Izsadore is in the country for this year's Felabration. She came with her husband.

Sandra Izsadore, her husband, Femi Kuti play

Sandra Izsadore, her husband, Femi Kuti

(Instagram )

 

Sandra Izsadore will speak at Fela Debates alongside Ayo Obe, Kunle Ajibade and Chidi Odinkalu. She will be talking on the topic ‘Human Rights as My Property’.

Sandra Izsadore met Fela in 1969 in the city of Los Angeles. Fela will go on to cite her as a major influence in his pro-African beliefs and views. The two had an affair for a while.

Watch Pulse TV video for more scoop on Fela.

Fela at Orchestra Hall in Detroit, Michigan, in 1986

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