Afrobeat

Fresh Cuts: Blur singer belts an opera, a new spin on Afrobeat



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This week in new music sees an "English Opera" through the eyes of a Britpop prince, Afrobeat kings, and Adam Bainbridge's kind change of mind.

Damon Albarn: Dr Dee (Virgin)


Dr. Dee is an opera by director Rufus Norris and musician Damon Albarn that debuted in England last summer as part of the 2011 Manchester International Festival -- the work explores the life of Elizabethan academic John Dee. Read more »

Sorrow, tears, blood -- and dance

Old friends and inspired musicians revisit Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti's influence at Saturday's World Wide Dance Party

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MUSIC Musical genius, human rights activist, cultural legend, African icon — late Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti encompassed multitudes, but to his 1980s-era guitarist Soji Odukogbe, he provided not only inspiration but a way into his music.Read more »