JAM SESSION: FELA KUTI

Tell me what is not to love about a man who paved his own way in the world -literally and figuratively marching to the beat of his own drum. Nothing-you love it all! Born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti, but you can call him FELA KUTI, or just FELA. He was the musician, composer, political disruptor, and human rights advocate who dared to say 'Music Is The Weapon,' and mean it. Born and based in Nigerian, traveling by van to gig, living in a compound with his squad, Fela refused to be moved by any force that was not an Afrobeat.

In 2010 American audiences lined up to see his story be told on Broadway under the visual direction and choreography of Tony Award® winner Bill T. Jones. Fast forward to 2015 and Cary Fukunaga's film BEASTS OF NO NATION is making awards season waves. Haunting and passionate performances by the undeniable Idris Elba, and newcomer Abraham Attah yet all I can here is Fela's triumphant anthem of the same title. Click, and snap your fingers to view his 1984 performance at the Zenith in Paris, France: