The art of sampling Fela Kuti requires a deep conviction that does not stray from the composer’s beliefs (sinistersaladmusikal)
The art of sampling is a very tricky art especially when sampling records by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti which serve a higher purpose. In 2011, I told Osagie Alonge (who then worked at THE NET) that Fela was a sampler’s dream. We were both at the New Afrikan Shrine watching a recorded version of the award-winning stage play FELA!
Soaking up the vibrancy of Fela’s politically charged genre of music, Afrobeat, I believed that producers, who carried a shovel into the vast cave of Abami Eda’s discography, would come back with a treasure chest filled with snares, kicks, horns and guitar riffs and chopped vocals to play with. In December 2010, a Nigerian rapper by the name of Kahli Abdu released ‘Ministry of Corruption ‘, a 13-track mixtape that featured a Fela sample on every song.