Black Power to Africans in America, Black Power to Africans in Africa, Black Power to Africans in the Caribbeans, Black Power to the African Tribes in Asia! Black Power Black Power Black Powwwa!! We all have the same fight!
"Why Blackman dey suffer today?
Why Blackman no get money today?
Why Blackman no go for moon today?
This is the reason why…
We dey sit down for our land jeje
We dey mind our business jeje
Some people come from far away land
Dem fight us and take our land
Dem take our people and spoil our towns
Na since then trouble start o
Our riches dem take away to their land
In return dem give us their colony
Dem take our culture away from us
Dem give us dem culture we no understand
Black people we no know ourselves
We no know our ancestral heritage
We dey fight each other everyday
We’re never together; we’re never together at all
That is why Blackman dey suffer today"
A while back I went to the screening of Fela NYC: Fresh from Africa. One thing bothered me throughout the documentary was the down playing of Fela’s African spirituality and the role Fela’s Queens played in his life & music. When the documentary makers were questioned about this they gave whimsical answers and avoided the answers. Furthermore after the showing the Fela documentary, ancestral voices was aired in which numerous white people walked out. To a certain extent the documentary questions the whole whiteman saviour complex, the European Christianization of Africa (excluding the coptic ethiopian and egyptian coptic Churches) and the importance of African Spirituality.
At 2:43, you hear Fela praising orishas Ogun and Shango along with Malcom x, and kwame Nkrumah … Fela Genius!!! African Cultural heritage lives on in Latin America, where these orishas are still loved and praised. Specially in Brazil and Cuba. There is much dialogue that needs to be done between us all.
It appears easy to accept the creations from African culture however it’s difficult for the culture to be accepted particularly in Europe or the America’s where African’s are Type cast as ‘Black’ and marginalized.
Africans & Diaspora Abroad
We should fund our own things, such as music, Cinema, businesses and institutions or we will continue to be marginalized and not cast in our right light. We must do this so the legacies of those who came before us can be remembered in the right light & we can leave the next generation with more than we ever had.
Africans Back home
Proper dialogue and study of the way spiritual systems were imposed and put in place for foreign interest/benefit.
On February 18, 1978, father of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti married 27 women in a traditional Yoruba ceremony on the anniversary of the attack on Kalakuta Republic. Many of these women were his dancers, composers, and as he called them his “queens”. Some of us may refer to them as “Fela’s Queens” or “Kalakuta Queens”.
Fela’s relationship with his queens was complex, but contrary to some people’s view, they were more than mere accessories or prostitutes. The queens were activists in their own right who stood by Fela until the end. They also contributed heavily to his music and performances. They lit up the stage when he performed with their sensual, powerful and vibrant dances captivating the audience. For those who weren’t dancing, they added to Fela’s performance by lending their voices as back-up singers.