Skepta on the Legacy of Afrobeat Legend Fela Kuti

Spotlight on the trailblazing artist Skepta

By Homecoming

Skepta at The New Afrika Shrine (2019)Original Source: Homecoming Festival

Cultural discovery
In 2018, Skepta, the trailblazing artist and producer from Tottenham, London, visited his ancestral homeland of Nigeria where he was awarded a chieftaincy in his parents’ hometown – a title bestowed in recognition of his positive contribution to community wellbeing. Whilst in Lagos, Skepta also made a stop at the New Afrika Shrine.

Homecoming Voices: Skepta x Fela (2018)Original Source: Homecoming Festival

Skepta at The New Afrika Shrine (2019)Original Source: Homecoming Festival

What’s your stand out Fela track?
‘Water No Get Enemy’ - it resonates with so many people. When you hear it it’s like a celebrating song. Fela speaks in metaphors. From the moment I heard it I wanted to make a song about water, and I ended up making ‘Pure Water’. That was a big check point for me.

Skepta at The New Afrika Shrine (2019)Original Source: Homecoming Festival

What’s your stand out Fela track?
‘Water No Get Enemy’ - it resonates with so many people. When you hear it it’s like a celebrating song. Fela speaks in metaphors. From the moment I heard it I wanted to make a song about water, and I ended up making ‘Pure Water’. That was a big check point for me.

Boys hanging out at The New Afrika Shrine (2019)Original Source: Homecoming Festival

What is the power of Fela’s music?
Art hits you at different times in your life when you’re going through different things at different ages. So when I was younger I was dancing to Fela, but the older I got, when I was going through my fights and my struggles as a man, and seeing how he dealt with his ones, I realised what he was singing about. When I got older I could hear his message clear.

Skepta at The New Afrika Shrine (2019)Original Source: Homecoming Festival

What does the future hold for Africa’s young generation?
Going to the shrine was a big part of standing in the energy and feeling it. It’s important. For a long time we’ve been sold a vision [of Africa] that is not true. And I’ve always known that, from being a youngster. Now people are going back to Africa, and throughout my music, my art, I’ve always tried to talk about it and put it on a pedestal. You can see and feel Africa now, and respect Africa. It’s the respect of cultures that is very important.

The New Afrika Shrine (2019)Original Source: Homecoming Festival

Inside the New Afrika Shrine
Originally a favourite performance location of Nigerian Afrobeat legend, Fela Kuti, The New Afrika Shrine is today a cultural centre in Lagos. The venue was re-opened in October 2000, on the third anniversary of Fela Kuti’s death by his eldest son, Femi.

The New Afrika Shrine (2019)Original Source: Homecoming Festival

Felabration
The New Afrika Shrine is the site of the annual Felabration festival, a week-long musical celebration of Fela’s life, work and legacy.

The New Africa Shrine (2019)Original Source: Homecoming Festival

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