Felabration, a yearly music festival held in memory of Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, held it’s 18th edition from the 10th to 16th October 2016. The week-long festival had as part of its program of events, daily musical performances featuring a rich selection of established as well as emerging artistes. Music enthusiasts and afrobeat lovers made their way to The New Afrika Shrine, the main venue for Felabration.

Conceived in 1998 by Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti in memory of her late father, Fela, Felabration is a one-week festival held on the week of Fela’s birthday. The event not only features musical performances, there are also art exhibitions, symposia discussing social and topical issues, amongst other activities. The theme for this year’s festival, “Everybody Say Yeah, Yeah” is a popular catchphrase associated with the late musical legend and human rights activist.

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Cross section of passionate music lovers at the New Afrika Shrine for Felabration 2016.

These images are highlights from the stage in the last 3 days of Felabration at the New Afrika Shrine for Felabration 2016.

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Violinist, Golden Strings, performing covers of popular songs – Felabration 2016.

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Nneka performing at Felabration 2016.

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Nneka’s performance left the crowd in awe – Felabration 2016.

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Energetic performance from Daddy Showkey joined by Femi Kuti – Felabration 2016

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Seun and Femi Kuti on stage – Felabration 2016.

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Seun Kuti’s saxophone moment – Felabration 2016.

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Simi on stage – Felabration 2016

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Femi Kuti backed by his Positive Force Band – Felabration 2016.

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Omawunmi performing some of her hit songs – Felabration 2016.

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Live painting of Fela by Akin Adubi – Felabration 2016.

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Candid moment: Patoranking and Daddy Showkey – Felabration 2016

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Patoranking – Felabration 2016

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Akin Adubi and his portrait of Fela – Felabration 2016

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Bez on stage – Felabration 2016

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TWO performing at Felabration 2016

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Adewale Ayuba and his drummer – Felabration 2016.

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Ras Kimono performing at Felabration 2016.

Images  (c) Ayo Akinwande.