The 2016 edition of the music fiesta instituted over 16 years to remember the legendary Afrobeat king, Fela Anikulakpo-Kuti, who died in October 1997, tagged ‘Felabration’, may have come and gone, but the echoes are still all around, in fact sounding louder than the seven days period the fun fare lasted.
The show which kicked off on October 10 through to October 16 was a master showpiece of act after act in a sweat induced performance of excellence, giving all they got in respect of a man who affected not a few lives.
In his appraisal of the man, who happened to be his father, the convener of the show, Femi Kuti, said he was a ‘fulfilled man’, considering the turn out of people who come tear in and year out to pay their respects, adding that the event, which started in 1998, has gain global prominence as it is celebrated simultaneously in many countries of the world including America, Australia, Japan, Iceland among others.
Femi Kuti stressed that what would have made him miss his father in death has been taken care of by the out pouring of love from people from all walks of life, including those who were not even born 19 years old when Fela died. He added philosophically that “I know I will see him again one day because we all will die some day.”
From day one, or rather night one of the fiesta, Lagosians from all walks of life had expressed their intention to make the event one to remember with their turn out. Prominent artists, both established and up and coming were not left out, as each tried very hard to outdo the other in his performance, basically o thrill the audience and show lots of love to man who was known to fight for the masses, using the instrumentality of music.
With show like predominance of stage test on first day (Monday) to the DJs’ night on Night three to the mega show of Night five (Friday) through to the grand finale of Night Seven (Seven) with people giving no thought of the next day being a working day to come out in their numbers to have nothing but 100% fun.
With acts like Kcee, Daddy Showkey, Charlie Boy, T.W.O, Ras Kimono, Femi Kuti, Seun Kuti, Adewake Ayuba, Koker, Olu Maintain, Mayorkun, Patoranking, Cynthia Morgan among many great acts.
Under the ‘compereship’ of first class comedian Omobaba and tested DJ, Desperalla, the show lived up to its billing, and surprisingly, no negative incidences were recorded as security was water tight, showcasing the combination of men of the Nigeria Police Force and in-house security of the Africa Shrine, venue of the 7-day musical fiesta.
In the words of Femi Kuti, the event was just about ‘music, music and more music’. He added that as big as ‘this year’s event is, next year will be bigger and better’.