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Gabriel Gbadamosi on Fela Kuti

Great Lives, Series 31 Episode 2 of 9

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 13 August 2013

Poet, playwright, and critic Gabriel Gbadamosi chooses as his Great Life the political maverick and inventor of Afrobeat, musician Fela Kuti, and tells Matthew Parris why his work deserves to be better known.

Whether withstanding ferocious beatings from the Nigerian police, insulting his audiences, or demanding a million pounds in cash upfront from Motown records, his strength and stubbornness were legendary, and his gift for controversy unmatched.

Fela had more than 25 wives, some of whom he beat, and was President of his own self proclaimed Republic. He smoked dope and was the scourge of the rulers of a corrupt Nigerian state and was acclaimed as having the best live band on earth.

Gabriel Gbadamosi is joined by Stephen Chan, professor of International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, to discuss the musical and political life of this outspoken force of nature.

Presenter: Matthew Parris Producer: Melvin Rickarby.

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Presenter
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest
Gabriel Gbadamosi
Interviewed Guest
Stephen Chan
Producer
Melvin Rickarby

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