Fela Kuti was the godfather of modern afrobeat and he's also largely
responsible for its explosive popularity as a genre and an investigation
into postcolonial themes and music with an autochthonous (in this
case, West African) identity as a method of resisting hegemony.
The urgency of Fela's messages of liberation and resistance is
communicated through the frenetic and impatient pacing and driving
tempo of his songs, which usually consist of repeated bass and guitar
lines upon which are piled bombastic horn sections, absurdly catchy
and soulful keyboard solos, and call-and-response vocals, which
augment the spirit of solidarity. Even though everyone and their uncle
has at least a working familiarity with Fela and Africa 70, the gravity of
their influence can't be denied and shouldn't be forgotten.