The Global Entertainment Festival aka Felabration, was founded by Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti simply to honour the memory of her late father and originator of Afrobeat, Fela.
But in six years, the festival has not only served as a rallying point for performing artistes and music lovers across Nigeria and Africa, it has significantly helped to promote Afrobeat beyond the continent.
According to Yeni, the 2015 edition of the festival, themed Just Like That, is scheduled to hold between October 12 and 18, 2015, Punch reports.
According to her, every moment of the annual event is special, from the Symposium or Fela Debates, which is scheduled to take place on Monday at NECA House, situated in the Central Business District in Alausa, Ikeja to musical performances. The topic of the 2015 Symposium is Human rights as my property. Former Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola will moderate the event.
This year's festival will also feature musical performances by the Third World Band, a popular reggae group from the United States; the London Afrobeat Collective, the New Afrobeat Band from Chile, with the possibility of Lauryn Hill’s return and several A-list artistes in the country.
Sandra Izsadore, the African-American lady believed to be instrumental to redirecting Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s music style from American-styled Jazz to Afrobeat, will speak at the symposium.
Other speakers include Prof. Chidi Odinkalu of the Nigeria Human Rights Commission; seasoned journalist, Kunle Ajibade and renowned Human rights activist, Mrs. Ayo Obe.
Explaining why the festival coincides with her father’s birthday, Yeni said, “He loved to celebrate his birthdays. They were sacred to him. In fact, before his death, he was already looking forward to celebrating his 60th birthday in a year’s time. But he never made it. He died at the age of 59.”
She says that she still thinks of her father deeply, especially at this time of the year. “He was a very loving and caring father. I miss him badly,” she says.
The New Afrika Shrine, official home of ‘Felabration’, is expected to come alive on Monday night as the first group of performers hit the stage.
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