Does Wyclef Want Fela Kuti To Turn In His Grave?
Wyclef’s song titled ‘Fela Kuti’ has a good beat, that's all!
The brilliance and influence of human rights activist, political maverick and afrobeat pioneer, Fela Anikulapo Kuti is dwarfed and almost non-existent in Wyclef’s new single.
The song has been included in the former Haiti Presidential aspirant's forthcoming album, Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee.
In an earlier interview, Wyclef said the song is supposed to be an ode to the late icon.
While Wyclef's heart is in the right place, as he wants millennials to become curious enough to Google "Fela Kuti’s" name.
The Supah Mario's production is impressive but the accompanying lyrics is shallow and disappointing.
In fact the only time Fela is mentioned in this incoherent rumbling is when he interjects "dance like Fela Kuti".
This makes it obvious that he did not consult anybody, not even Femi, or Seun who will help him with information about the Nigerian great.
If this is how he wants to keep the memory of Fela Kuti alive, then he should have just left the legend alone.
Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee is set to be released on September 15.