Tag Archives: Fela Kuti

Bring in the horns! James Brown vs Fela Kuti

Nigerian Afrobeat and American Soul in one funking five hour DJ set! This sounds like a party in heaven! If you are in the Toronto area or upstate New York, you should definitely check this out:

Saturday September 17th@Parlour. 270 Adelaide St. W Toronto, Canada
Music by SON of S.O.U.L. and DJ King Curtiss Winston


The Pidgin-hole of Soul Music

We were instantly blown away when we first came across Omawumi’s controversial song “If You Ask Me”┬áthat was posted on the LastPlaneToLagos blog at the beginning of the year. Nobody has sang this soulfully in Nigerian Pidgin English since Fela Kuti featured his then African-American girlfriend Sandra Isidore on the incendiary afrobeat dance-floor anthem “Upside Down”. There is no denying that Wumi is a talented vocalist but what really sets her apart is her ability to effortlessly inject the language of the streets into her musical pastiche of soul, reggae, hip-hop and R&B (produced by Cobhams, the same man that brought us Asa). Surprisingly, reaction to her use of pidgin-English has not all been positive. Some have dismissed it as crass and unrefined while others consider it to be a crutch with regards to breaking into the international market. We at SUPAFRIK can only hope that Omawumi rises above any attempts to pigeon-hole her and continues blessing us with her own take on authentic afro-soul. Listen to her latest roots-reggae tinged single, “I Go Go” here and click play:

p.s. If you know any of the other soul singers using Pidgin English in their music, please let us know in the comment section.