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December 17, 2009

Finding Depth in Fela’s Women

The nine women in tight outfits, elaborate hairdos and painted faces represent the 27 real-life co-wives of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, who married them collectively in what he considered a personal and political gesture as he fought against Nigeria’s corrupt authoritarian regime and defended traditional African culture. Read more here at NYTimes


Execumama said...

This is such a BEAUTIFUL post! The polygamy element, not so much, but talk about strikingly beautiful women/works of art! And it can't hurt that you're talking about Fela...gotta love him!

Fly Girl said...

I love Fela and this post really shows the complexity of what he stood for. It's not often that you see the images of black women discussed with such awareness.


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