The multiple award winning Haitian-American singer Wyclef Jean have disclosed in a recent interview that the title of one of the songs in his forth coming album [Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee] will be “Fela Kuti”. The ace musician is clearly taking inspiration and paying tribute to the legendary Fela Kuti, who pioneered Afro beat music and much like the Reggae legend Bob Marley spoke out against oppression and social injustice of his people through his many hits that remain ever green in Africa and the rest of the world.
If you are wondering what a Nigerian Afro Beats Legend has in common with an Haitian-American musician, Wyclef puts it this way;
‘Fela Kuti studied jazz in England. Wyclef studied jazz at Vailsburg High School. Fela Kuti then went back to his country and tried to help his country by running for president. Wyclef, you know, did the same thing.’
‘Fela Kuti’ was produced by Supah Mario, with Wyclef deciding to work with the producer after hearing his work on Young Thug‘s song, ‘Wyclef Jean.’
‘This is what happens when you put two generations together that inspire each other,’
The artist revealed his reason for naming the song “Fela Kuti”. He stated;
‘I decided to name it Fela Kuti because for me, I feel like we be thinking of [Bob] Marley, we give a lot of people from our past props, so when the kids hear Fela Kuti, I really want them to Google it.’
He added, ‘For me, the same way kids can have songs called ‘Wyclef Jean’ who are influenced by me, I want kids to know who Fela is and what he means.’