I’m stuck on a Art question and need an explanation.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3WppSRoMxcRead the following excerpt from the article “Fela Kuti – The Art of an Afrobeat Rebel” by Randal Grass.
Then, watch this video clip which features Fela Kuti talking about his experiences growing up in a colonial country. Fela grew up in Nigeria, a country that was formally annexed by Great Britain in 1861 and did not become an independent republic until 1963. It then fell under military rule in a bloody coup d’état in 1966. The decision-makers in Nigeria had a profound effect on the lives of Nigerians, much of which is reflected in Fela’s music.
Now, choose one of Fela’s songs to listen to.
Please note: many of his songs are very long. If you have time to listen to the entire thing, I strongly encourage you to do so.
Here is a YouTube playlist.
Here is a Spotify playlist.
Whatever song you choose, it may be helpful to read about the song while you listen. Genius.com is a good place to look for information about all kinds of music. However, I caution you to read the “unreviewed” annotations with a critical and discerning mind.
Respond to at least one of the following prompts. Indicate which prompt(s) you are responding to.
Your post should be a minimum of 200 words long, excluding any citations or direct quotes. Clearly reference the article in your response.
1. What were the issues or problems with the Nigerian government described in this article? What was the root cause of these issues or problems? Did Fela take appropriate action to help solve this issue? Why or why not?
2. The article provides several examples of how Fela was a man of seemingly contradictory beliefs. Briefly describe one of these contradictions. Is it possible to be an authentic African musician despite these contradictions? Explain.
3. How are the effects of colonialism reflected in Fela’s music? Provide a YouTube link to one of Fela’s songs and use it as an example to support your response.
4. If Fela Kuti was alive today and living in the United States or in your home country, what political issues do you think he would be interested in fighting through his music, and why? Use examples of the issues he fought for to support your answer.
5. Choose one of Fela’s songs. In what ways does the song reflect traditional African music? In what ways does it reflect more western styles of music? Referencing the article and/or video for support, how does this blending of traditional and modern styles reflect the political situation in Nigeria?
Please post at least two responses.
For each response, you may do any one of the following: