“Zombie” is not simply Fela Kuti’s best known song. The 1976 protest anthem is a scathing attack on the Nigerian military that uses zombies as a metaphor for soldiers mindlessly following orders. The song triggered the Nigerian government’s horrific assault on the Kalakuta Republic on 18 February, 1977, in which the compound burned to the ground, Fela was brutally beaten and his mother, Nigerian feminist icon Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, was tragically thrown from an upstairs window.
Fela’s lyrics carry a haunting relevance in 2016 America. And today, the song features alongside a selection of music dealing with contemporary issues of “social injustice” curated by Jay Z. Titled “Songs For Survival,” the two-hour playlist for Tidal includes songs by Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, Kendrick Lamar, Gil Scott-Heron, Common, Yasiin Bey, OutKast, Kanye West and more.
Listen to the tracks vial TIDAL here. Check out the original below:
As if the music of Ibeyi could get any prettier, someone went and made an entire ballet inspired by the Yoruba sounds of the Diaz sisters. That someone is the famed Italian choreographer, Mauro Bigonzetti.
Going off this recently-surfaced footage, the collaboration was one of the most exquisite mashups of contrasting music and dance forms since last year’s brilliant South African pantsula meets afrofuturistic jazz video.
“We are deeply honored and happy to be musically part of DEEP,” Ibeyi said in an Instagram post.
The 29-minute show debuted last month at Alvin Ailey. Watch highlights from DEEP in the video here. See some behind the scenes below:
Que Bajo Records drops Angola Ting EP, featuring two golden-era, Angolan semba tracks remixed by New York global bass pioneers Uproot Andy and Geko Jones.
The producer-DJs retrace the roots of Semba—traditional and modern Congolese and Angolan tango—and its trans-Atlantic connection to Cuba’s rumba, but in a modern framework.
For more music fixes, check out our previous playlist. Have a great week with Chicamod.