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Art Inspired by Afrobeat King Fela Kuti

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Art Inspired by Afrobeat King Fela Kuti

Art Inspired by Afrobeat King Fela Kuti

Art Inspired by Afrobeat King Fela Kuti

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NPR's Madeleine Brand visits an art exhibit dedicated to Fela Kuti, the Nigerian king of Afrobeat music. The exhibition at New York City's New Museum features sculptures and paintings inspired by Fela's life and music. Fela recorded scores of albums before his death in 1997, and the political commentary in his songs often landed him in Nigerian prisons. Work by artists from all over the world are featured in the exhibition, which is open through September.