[acid-jazz] Medina to Lagos: a talk with RICH MEDINA

From: CLUBBITY.com - the safe clubculture site (jazzimo_at_clubbity.com)
Date: 2004-05-09 15:57:45

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    Rich Medina talks about his passion for Fela Kuti's afrobeat, his Jump'n'Funk parties and more.
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    No one loves Fela like Rich Medina. The 34-year-old Philadelphia DJ is almost single-handedly responsible for aurally educating a new generation of Philly party people on Fela’s music. Possibly Africa’s most politically outspoken, fearless musician of all time, Nigerian saxophonist and composer Fela Anikulapo Kuti invented Afrobeat by wrapping traditional Nigerian poly-rhythms around James Brown-style funk. Then, he filled the mixture with lyrics that protested the African colonial mentality and its resulting chaotic political and social diseases, like widespread poverty, militarism and skin bleaching. The result is the musical juju punch that, even after 30 years, has got people all over the globe under an ass-shaking spell that frees both their hips and minds.