EJOTMAS: Ekpoma Journal of Theatre and Media Arts

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Ensemble Organization of the Band of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti

Albert Oikelome


The achievements of Fela Anikulapo Kuti in the field of popular music assumed an epic proportion both at national and international level. His development and popularization of Afrobeat genre is one of his greatest achievement in the field of popular music in Nigeria. However, beyond the musical skills of this great musician is his ability to galvanize both human and material resources into one unique brand. For indeed, beyond the artistic prowess of Fela lies the ability to manage and coordinate a large band both within and outside the stage. This paper therefore examines the administrative set up of the Afrobeat band of Fela Anikulapo Kuti. The paper will also consider the rehearsal procedures and techniques employed by Fela as witnessed by the band members. Through an in-depth interview with key members of his band that are still alive, the paper considers the administrative styles adopted by Fela Anikulapo Kuti and how present day musicians can also adapt such styles in managing the big band in the 21st century.

Keywords: Big band, Ensemble, Globalization, Creative process.

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