Nowadays artistes are quick to claim they are repping the music legend Fela ‘anikulapo’ Kuti, probably because they have fully wrapped booze in between their fingers all the time and end up giving us meaningless songs. At times, you see them producing a thick cloud of smoke everywhere. ‘My brothers in the lord’ y’all are joking like you guys are jokers with a PhD. True, Fela was one who always had something to drag often times but let’s face the truth, that clearly wasn’t the philosophy behind his music. We all know what he sang about and fought for. I can’t remember any of his songs having weed as it’s major subjects. So, it baffles me that artistes sing trash and attach it to Fela being their muse. Stop deceiving yourselves! This is not to say that there are no real artistes representing the true identity of Fela and at the same time making us dance.
Falz is a good example of the philosophy Fela stood for, the principle to say the truth and nothing but the truth about the ills of our government and the society in general. He has had a few big commercial jams which we love Falz for but of recent he has started revealing the true artiste in him, what he stands for. To be sincere, apart from the fact that people want to dance and flex, would you call yourself an artiste/singer/rapper with an impact if you don’t affect your society positively with your works? This is somewhat on a J Cole’s 1985 level but it’s the hard truth.
Falz has fearlessly dropped an album solely for tackling the issues of the country and painting the naked picture of our government’s insensitivity and mistakes. The first was the controversial ‘This is Nigeria’ which was a cover of Childish Gambino’s ‘This is America’. Some loved the song for what it stood for and sticking out yet to its originality, others digged the song because of it’s usefulness and intelligence of the artiste who sang it and some others decided to just make a mountain out of a molehill- a story for another day.
Just recently Falz released another insightful single titled ‘Talk’ and within few hours of it’s release the song and the video got quite a positive reception from fans. Once again in the song, he addresses prevailing situations in the country especially during this season where the general elections are approaching. This right here is what we call a ‘Fela’ inspired artiste, an artiste who’d do anything to give it hot to those in power and basically everybody. Other artistes should take a cue.
And lastly, the ‘Moral Instruction’ resume video of the album is the Bom Bom Pow. The artiste has said what he feels he should. He has embarked on a revolutionary struggle with his artistry. Hopefully, the Nigerian youth will tune in the struggle.
There’s one thing Falz has in common with Fela and which all artistes claiming to be ambassadors of Fela should have and that is ‘the knack for spilling the undiluted truth’. Falz without a doubt, has adopted a lot out of Fela artistry, in his lyricism and evidently, in his album cover. However, it should be taken into deep consideration why there isn’t anyone in this life like Fela. It is his doggedness and his spirit for the hardcore truth; he would call out names and the crimes they have committed. He had the balls and guts no one ever had and was brutally honest without hiding his feelings. The torture, prosecution and threat never deterred him and even in death, his music and words is a guide for Nigerians and Africans.