When your music is timeless, it’s only right that that other artistes would sample your music and borrow from your art. Fela made timeless music and created the genre we know today as Afrobeat, whether it was through his style, through his activism or through his music, Fela inspired many. Happy FelabrationHere are five musicians that sampled Fela on their songs
1. Original song – Confusion Break Bone
Sample – Double Wahala – Oritse Femi
Off his 1990 Confusion Break Bones album, Fela’s song Confusion Break Bone had the famous line ‘Confusion Break-Ee Bone-Ee, Yepa,Confusion Break-Ee Bone-Ee, Yepa,Double Wahala For Dead-Ee Bodyabiola Oh Dead-Ee Body’ and if the last line sounds familiar to you it’s because you’ve heard it on Oritse Femi’s 2014 song Double Wahala.
2. Original song – Sorrow Tears and Blood
Sample – YE – Burna Boy
‘Sorrow Tears and Blood’ by Fela was his reply to the military after they attacked his Kalakuta Republic and left many injured and allegedly had his mother thrown out of a building window.
We always get reason to fear, we no wan die, we no wan wound, we no wan quench, we no wan go – Fela
I no want kpai,I no want die, I no want kpeme, I want enjoy, I want chop life, I want buy motor, I want build house I still want turn up – Burna
Sounds familiar? Of course
3. Gentleman – Fela
Sample- Let Nas Down – J Cole
J Cole’s Born Sinner had the famous song Let Nas Down, once you hear the trumpet and you skip to the 1:13 of Fela’s Gentleman mark you’d know where the sample came from.
4. Sorrow Tears and Blood
Sample – Temper – Skales ft. Burna Boy
Fela’s Sorry Tears and Blood is scattered all over Skales’ and Burna’s Temper remix, you can’t miss it. The song had to be take down from YouTube so they could get clearance from Fela’s estate before putting it back up.
5. Colonial Mentality
Sample – Watcha Gonna Do – Missy Elliot
1977’s Colonial Mentality by Fela was sped up by production genius Timabaland on Missy Elliots Watchu Gonna Do, take a listen