Jamhuri Fela Kuti Navy Ladies T-shirt

$29.95

Fela Kuti Kalakuta Republic Ladies T-shirt.

Fela The African Bob Marley! aka The Black President. 1938-1997

Fela was a Nigerian musician and political activist, the inventor of a style of music called “Afrobeat”.

When he released one of his highest regarded album "Zombie" in 1976, He sang of the mindlessness and unquestioning obedience of the Nigerian military — effectively comparing them to the titular Zombie. Nigeria then was military-ruled this particular record didn’t sit well with the powers that be. Fela was not only a political dissident but a very popular one at that. Someone felt that Fela needed to be silenced.

On February 18th, 1978, a thousand-strong army descends viciously attacked his self-proclaimed Kalakuta republic, destroying his studio, instruments and even his master tapes. While Fela himself escaped with his life, his elderly mother, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, was not so fortunate. An active and outspoken campaigner for women’s rights. She was thrown from a window on the third floor of Fela’s commune, lapsing into a coma and succumbing to her injuries two months later. She was seventy-seven.

The attempt at silencing Fela was ultimately futile. His response was quite unique. He took a coffin (presumed to be that of his mother) to Dodan Barracks in Lagos, the residence of General Obasanjo, the head of the military regime at the time.

Fela died aged fifty-eight in August 1997, at his funeral, one million people chanted “Fela will live forever!”

To this day his legacy lives on across the globe with his outright political views and powerful music being as relevant as ever.

T-shirt Description

100% combed ringspun cotton,
Heather Grey is 67/33 cotton/polyester
40 singles thread weight
Feminine cap sleeves
Double-needle stitching
Rounded bottom hem
Colors piece-dyed and garment-washed for superior softness
Fabric weight: 3.7 oz
Flattering cap sleeves, the contemporary fit and scoopneck make this t-shirt a standout.

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