by Olufemi Sanyaolu AKA Keziah Jones.
In June 1996, Keziah Jones visited Kalakuta Republic every day for a week to interview the Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. On the fifth day, after waiting six hours, Keziah got to speak with Fela, who he remarked kept you in “constant and direct eye contact” and spoke “in short bursts of baritone.”
He added, “In the three hours or so that we spoke, I eventually submitted to this flow, I realized that my questions interrupted trains of thought so I just chilled, listened and replied with my ideas when necessary”.
Fela passed away in August 1997.
The full interview appeared in Chimurenga Vol. 8 – We’re all Nigerian! (published December ’05).
Read the full text of the interview here
Bio: Keziah Jones is a Nigerian singer-songwriter and guitarist.