121. No Agreement: Fela Kuti and Wole Soyinka

Posted on 2 April 2023

The political and musical revolution of Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat, the social critique of his cousin, the playwright Wole Soyinka, and the extraordinary career of Fela's mother Funmilayo.

Further Reading

• B. Dauda and T. Falola, Wole Soyinka: Literature, Activism, and African Transformation (New York: 2022).
• J. Gibbs, Critical Perspectives on Wole Soyinka (Washington DC: 1980).
• C. Johnson-Odim, N.E. Mba, For Women and the Nation: Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti of Nigeria (Urbana: 1997).
• E.D. Jones, The Writing of Wole Soyinka (London: 1988)
• G. Moore, Wole Soyinka (London: 1978).
• T. Olaniyan, Arrest the Music! Fela and his Rebel Art and Politics (Bloomington: 2004).
• M.E. Veal, Fela: the Life and Times of an African Musical Icon (Philadelphia: 2000).
• D. Wright, Wole Soyinka Revisited (New York: 1993).


Josh 9 April 2023

Hey Peter! I just wanted to ask if you know how many more episodes you have in this series? After all, the third leg of the African series has gone on as long as the entire Indian series! Of course, there’s lots to cover, but I’m wondering when the Chinese Philosophy episodes will begin?

mehmet 19 April 2023

I'm also looking forward to China.. I guess approximately 10-12 episodes of africana "philosophy" is left, which makes 5-6 months.. 

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