Felabration 2019 – Everything you need to know about the 2019 Felabration, the event, the program schedule, the artist etc
Felabration is an annual music festival which is done in honour and commemoration of the late music legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti. The music festival has been in existence since 1998. This year’s event promises to be bigger, better and stronger. It will be held in two different locations concurrently. The event which has witnessed some of the top artists from Nigeria and beyond comes with a lot of surprises this year.
The 2019 Felabration promises to be fun and it is loaded with so many activities to make it eventful.
The theme for 2019 Felabration is “From Lagos With Love” which was coined from one of Fela’s song Eko Ile. This is to reignite the spirit of love and spread the love from the City that Fela was born.
This is also the city that Fela grew up from and which is where Fela’s House was located. The house which used to be known as the Kalakuta Republic is now a Museum known as the Kalakuta Museum. Lagos is also home to the New Afrika Shrine and which is the main venue of the Felabration 2019.
The 2019 Felabration witnessed over 400 entries from artists, musicians etc who would love to perform at this year’s event
History of Felabration
The Felabration idea was conceived by Yeni Anikulapo Kuti (Fela’s first daughter) in 1998. It was created to celebrate the life and times of Fela Anikulapo Kuti. The one-week event is usually scheduled to coincide with the Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s birthday which is on October 15.
The festival was initiated to commemorate the life and times of Fela Anikulapo Kuti also known as Abami Eda. The annual event is usually held at the New Afrika Shrine, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria and recently they went into partnership with the Freedom Park which now serves as another venue for Felabration.
The existence and essence of Felabration were inspired by the founder of Afrobeat music Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
Felabration is not just a festival, it is a movement and it has witnessed tourists and fun lovers from all over the world. The event has seen some of the top celebrities, politicians including the vice president of Nigeria and some other international dignitaries. The highly regarded event features both local and international artists from different parts of the world.
Felabration is a week-long event which features music from top Nigerian artists and other international acts. Other activities at Felabration include cultural dance, street parade, debates, exhibitions, writing competition, artworks, fashion parade etc. Felabration is one of the oldest and popular music festival in Nigeria.
Top Musicians That Have Performed at Felabration
Hugh Masekela, Awilo Logomba, Femi Kuti, Lucky Dube, Baba Maal, Wizkid, Davido, Les Nubians, King Sunny Ade, Lagbaja, Burna Boy, Asa, TuFace, Sauti Sol, Seun Kuti and many others.
Who is Fela Anikulapo Kuti
Fela Anikulapo Kuti is a musician, a music evangelist, multi-instrumentalists, songwriter, human right activist, a politician, a performing act, and the pioneer of Afrobeat music. He uses music as a tool to fight against injustice, corruption, bad governance and abuse of power. He died on 3rd August 1998 but his legacy still lives on.
The Venue of Felabration 2019
Over the years Felabration has grown so this years event will be done at multiple locations. The venues for the Felabration 2019 is the Freedom Park and the New Africa Shrine which are some of the official tourist sites in Lagos. The Afrika Shrine has witnessed the visit of top dignitaries like the President of France Emmanuel Macron, The Vice president of the federal republic of Nigeria Prof Yemi Osibanjo, the former Governor of Lagos State Akinwunmi Ambode and other top dignitaries.
The Date for Felabration 2019
The Felabration 2019 will take place between 14th to 20th October 2019. The 2019 event is packed with lots of activities and performances for different artists and perfromers.
Schedule events for Felabration 2019
These are some of the scheduled events for Felabration 2019:
21st September 2019 – Afrobics Dance Competition
28th September – Art Competition
9th October 2019 – Secondary School Debate Competition
14th October 2019 – Symposium
14th October 2019 – Musical festival
19th October 2019 – Dress Like Fela Day
Special Guest at 2019 Felabration
Felabration 2019 will witness celebrities, actors, politicians, business moguls, brands and tourists and fun lovers from all over the world. Some of the invited guests for Felabration 2019 is:
- Ngozi Adichie
- Kingslee James McLean Daley, better known by the stage name Akala; Akala a London based Black Musician, poet and political activist
- Bobi Wine From Uganda
- Professor Oyebode
- Sefi Atta
Other Countries that will be Hosting Felabration 2019
Felabration is now a worldwide festival and is now held in countries like Philippines, United Kingdom, Singapore, United States (New York) etc and there are plans to includes more states and countries in the future.
Location of Felabration 2019
Felabration 2019 will be held at two different locations concurrently
The first location is the New Afrika Shrine which has been the permanent home of Felabration since 1998.
The Address of the New Afrika Shrine
The New Afrika Shrine is located at No. 1 Nerdc Road, Alausa, Agindigbi, Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria
The second location for Felabration 2019 is the Freedom Park, which serves as an extension for Felabration and it serves as the VIP area for high profile individuals who might not be able to visit the New Afrika Shrine.
Freedom Park Address: Freedom Park is located on Broad St, Lagos Island, Lagos, Nigeria
How to Locate the Venue of Felabration 2019
The New Afrika Shrine 1 Nerdc Road | Agindigbi, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria
From Ikeja, you can take a taxi to the New Afrika Shrine
If you are coming from outside Nigeria to the New Afrika Shrine
You will need to take a flight to Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. From Murtala Muhammed International Airport, You can then take a taxi, you can use either Bolt or Uber. You can use this code if you are registering for the first time to get a discount or free ride.
Uber : brandlers1ui
Bolt (Taxify): SS2U9
The second venue of Felabration 2019 is Freedom Park and it is located on Broad St, Lagos Island, Lagos
Safety Precautions at Felabration 2019
The following safety precautions should be taken when visiting the Felabration 2019.
- Make sure you get there early this is to avoid the late-night rush
- Do not wander far from the venue into any lonely location
- Be safety conscious, if you notice any strange thing call the attention of the security personnel
- Dress smart and wear something comfortable this is because you will spend most of the time standing
- Avoid carrying heavy luggage
- Ensure you eat and buy snacks that will last you for the night
- Make sure you use the restroom before going
- Do not eat anything that will disturb your stomach
Other Tourist Sites Close to The New Afrika Shrine
- JJT Park
- Kalakuta Republic Museum
- Kanu Nduibisi Park
- Ikeja City Mall
- The Governors Office
- The Lagos State Secretariat Alausa
- The Lagos State Assembly
- The Three Wise Men Statue