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28 Jun 2017

Wyclef Jean Reveals Why He Named His New Single ‘Fela Kuti’ (See His Reasons)


Popular Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean says he named his new single 'Fela
Kuti' because he wants young ones to know about the legendary
progenitor of Afrobeat.

Wyclef Jean's new song 'Fela
Kuti' is the first single off his
forthcoming album. The musician/actor also 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
Kuti, I really want them
to Google it," he told

"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."

Jean's 'Fela Kuti' was
produced by Supah
Mario who was responsible for the production of Young
Thug's 'Wyclef Jean'. The former Fugees star will
release 'Carnival III: The Fall
and Rise of a Refugee' on
September 15.

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