?uestlove from The Roots, now an associate producer on the hit musical Fela! on Broadway, talks about when he first discovered Fela Kuti’s music, and walks us through Fela’s influence in yesterday and today’s hip-hop — including works by Mos Def, Macy Gray, D’Angelo, X-Clan, and Leader of the New School.
Can’t deny the power of Fela’s music. There’s nothing like hearing a Fela track on a fine tuned big club system and watching the dancers go off. I remember being at Club Shelter in NYC around 2002 and Timmy Regisford dropped “Expensive Shit” and “Shakara”…the crowd lost it each time. PURE DOPE!