Before he traveled to the United States in 1969, Nigerian superstar Fela Anikulapo-Kuti composed largely within the confines of "highlife," a dance band format with ties to Africa's colonial past. But after being exposed to America's black power movement and the separatist free-jazz acts that grew out of it, Fela was inspired to make his own, distinctly African contribution to music. Soon after, Fela created "Afrobeat," an ambitious reinterpretation of highlife, American jazz, James Brown funk, and... More >>>