BACK IN 1991, WHEN KUNLE JUSTICE
first met Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the godfather
of Nigerian Afrobeat hadn’t been in a
recording studio in more than two
years—but at age 52, he felt he still
had plenty left to say.
DURING THE FIRST ACT OF FELA!, THE BROADWAY hit about legendary Nigerian musician/activist Fela Kuti, the Fela character addresses the audience while building a groove. After various percussion and guitar parts are added, he asks if anyone knows the missing “secret ingredient” that gets butts shaking. The answer, he reveals, is the bass line.