Wyclef Jean Releases ‘Fela Kuti,’ Announces ‘Carnival III’ Release

Jun 28, 2017 |

#Wyclef Jean’s new song ‘Fela Kuti’ is the first single off his forthcoming album.

The musician/actor said he shares many similarities with the late Fela Kuti – who died twenty years ago. “I decided to name it Fela Kuti because for me, I feel like we be thinking of [Bob] Marley, we give a lot of people from our past props, so when the kids hear Fela Kuti, I really want them to Google it,” he told XXL.

The track, ‘Fela Kuti’ is a song inspired by the Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer legend, which samples “Eko Ile.”

The new track is produced by Supah Mario, who produced Young Thug’s ‘Wyclef Jean’ off album “Jeffery.”

“I decided to name it Fela Kuti because for me, I feel like we be thinking of [Bob] Marley, we give a lot of people from our past props, so when the kids hear Fela Kuti, I really want them to Google it,” Wyclef tells XXL.

“Fela Kuti studied jazz in England. Wyclef studied jazz at Vailsburg High School. Fela Kuti then went back to his country and tried to help his country by running for president. Wyclef, you know, did the same thing. Then, Fela, through all his obstacles and all that, his music is what pillared him right back to the top. He understood the strongest way to help politically was to make sure the music was bangin.’ So for me, the same way kids can have songs called ‘Wyclef Jean’ who are influenced by me, I want kids to know who Fela is and what he means.”

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