Moral Instruction or How Falz fails Fela

The Nigerian artist looking to be taken seriously only has to invoke Fela.

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Wizkid, Tekno, Seyi Shay and Burna Boy have all taken the route. But these are not artists with any real political concerns. Wizkid and Tekno want girls; Seyi Shay wants sex; Burna Boy wants weed. Nothing wrong with these — Fela wanted all of those things too — but he had a political and artistic seriousness that none of his compatriots has managed to generate.

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