We like neat narratives, stories we can remember and recount easily. But neat narratives sometimes leave us unaware of context, limiting our understanding of the full story. The story of Fela Kuti, the venerable Nigerian afrobeat maestro, and his home and communal compound, the Kalakuta Republic, is a perfect example of a narrative that has often been rudimentary simplified, robbing music fans of a more complex web of stories. Uwa Erhabor looks to rectify this with his new book, Kalakuta Diaries. He fleshes out the stories, gives them full context and provides the back-story for a lot of what we know, and a lot of what we don’t know.
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