The audience danced to the incredible music of Jayemoni, Rudebone, Baba, Ubin Mackson, Baba Komo, Kobi, Damibliz, Willixo, A.Star, Eugy, Shiikane, Sona and Zinny, with DJ Unbeetable killing it on the decks, for that seamless transition between the performance sets, which also included dancers, a comedian, live music, acrobatic and theatrical displays.
With less than 90 minutes to go, the auditorium blacked out to introduce one of the most sought after Afrobeats band in the UK, The Compozers. The band opened to an explosion of lights, pyro and frenzy, which took the show to a whole other level playing a mix of contemporary Afrobeats hits and classic Fela Kuti tracks, before running out of time.
With the crowd, a wide range of ages and backgrounds all hyped, it was no surprise the audience hung on to witness the Afrobeat master and one of the original members of Fela’s band, Dele Sosimi. Dele’s time on stage was priceless and simply sensational as he had the entire audience on their feet, as they sang along to all of Fela’s biggest hits back to back.
A special and unexpected collaboration between Dele Sosimi, his 8-piece Afrobeat orchestra and Falz The Bahdguy was just dynamite and captivating. Falz closed the show in his unique and unforgettable infusion of rap, Afrobeats, Fela-inspired showmanship and a performance masterclass.
With the spirit of Fela firmly in the stratosphere, it was a token when the host introduced Shalewa Kuti, daughter of the legend Fela, to her new audience to end the night. Shalewa thanked the audience and her team graciously and resumed the famous position of both hands in the air, which everyone imitated as a sign of respect to the legend and his legacy. It was a truly remarkable experience.
Shalewa has made an impression on the scene with this landmark event partnering with DLA World to produce a classy, sophisticated, cultured, enthralling and dynamic event celebrating her fathers music and Legacy in style at Indigo At The O2.
However way you went into Felabration UK, you certainly left a bit more Africanised musically, culturally, expediently and with the spirit of Fela!
Watch highlights from Felabration UK on Vox Africa Sky 193 this month exclusively.