The Guardian: Loving Fela, a tale of two Kalakuta queens

Credit: Daniel James
On February 18, 1977, a black Range Rover sped through the open gates into Kalakuta Republic, No 14. Agege Motor Road, Idi-Oro, Mushin – the home of Afrobeat legend, and one of the most successful African musicians of the 20th century, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti .One of Fela’s assistants, Roy Smith, who had been driving the Range Rover, ambled out, badly injured. He had left Kalakuta Republic earlier that morning to run some errands. The gates closed, following Smith’s sudden entry into the house, and a group of soldiers pulled up at the gate. The soldiers – eight of them – banged on the gate with their fists and whatever else they could find. They wanted Smith to come out.

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