Fela Kuti

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FeliSpeaks: I love Peng Black Girls, by Enny. She made it to honour and celebrate the dark-skinned black girl

My music taste is broad, but I tend to dig deep into one genre or album for long periods of time. So I could rock with Ella Fitzgerald for a week and (...)

Tolü Makay Tolü Makay: At boarding school she was  called ‘by my middle name, Elizabeth, instead of my first name. It taught me that I didn’t have a voice’

The lockdown has been difficult in terms of not being able to perform, but it has brought many rewards, like being able to go back to basics, and lear(...)

A line of taxis wait for customers near Grafton Street, Dublin. “Passengers are urged to establish the likely cost before taking a taxi and to get receipts to ensure dates and times are accurately recorded and all additions applied are valid.” Photograph:  Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A case in the Dublin District Court earlier this week stoked the perhaps low-level fears many Irish people have that they are being ripped off in a di(...)

Beychella: Beyoncé at Coachella 2018, in Homecoming. Photograph: Parkwood/Netflix

“Instead of me pulling out my flower crown, it was more important that I brought our culture to Coachella,” Beyoncé says in Homecoming, the new docume(...)

Ugandan politician Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as pop star Bobi Wine, speaks to people at Kibera slum in Nairobi,  Kenya. Photograph: Biko Macoins/AFP/Getty Images

In the Kampala slum where he grew up, Robert Kyagulanyi is king. Walking the streets of the poor Kamwokya neighbourhood, the member of parliament gre(...)

Visconti is recording with Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell on a solo album and Damon Albarn’s The Good, the Bad and the Queen. Photographs: Getty Images

T-Rex and David Bowie producer has exclusively revealed to The Irish Times that he is working on new studio albums by Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction,(...)

 Alex Gibney. Photograph:  Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Alex Gibney’s No Stone Unturned is an odd sort of documentary. The staggeringly prolific film-maker – veteran of investigations into Scientology, Enro(...)

Win Butler delivered a DJ set at Whelan’s on Wednesday ngiht after the band’s Malahide Castle performance. Photograph: David Jensen/PA Wire

Arcade Fire gave a secret acoustic performance of new song Creature Comfort at Whelan’s in Dublin last night, shortly after coming off stage following(...)

There is an appropriate symmetry to Tony Allen’s homage to Art Blakey. The co-creator (with Fela Kuti) of Afrobeat was hugely influenced by the thunde(...)

 Lionel Loueke: ‘I didn’t go to Paris to play African music, I got to Paris to play jazz’.   Photograph:  Jalal Morchidi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

At first glance, Lionel Loueke’s early life looks like an African musical boyhood straight out of central casting: banging on anything that made a noi(...)

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