Fatima and the Legacy of Fela Kuti
The UK vocalist on her long-awaited sophomore LP, And Yet It’s All Love, plus a look back at the music of Fela Kuti.
Growing up of Senegalese-Gambian heritage in Sweden, the now London-based songstress Fatima Bramme-Sey was surrounded by the rhythmic beats of West Africa and the shiny, earnest electro-pop of her adoptive home, sounds that continue to permeate the R&B music she makes as Fatima. Four years ago she released her critically acclaimed debut, Yellow Memories, which features on the album alongside Theo Parrish and Anderson .Paak producer Knxwledge, on the eclectic London label Eglo). The standout record earned her high praise from Gilles Peterson and Rolling Stone, and was subsequently re-issued by the legendary Blue Note Records. This September she returned with her eagerly awaited sophomore LP, And Yet It’s All Love, a personal exploration into the lifecycle of a relationship, echoing its ups and downs through sonic undulations over funky basslines, snapping synths and melancholic melodies. She’ll ring in from London today to discuss the journey from her debut to this latest effort, and what it’s like working with Mndsgn (Stones Throw), Swarvy, Taz Arnold (Kendrick Lamar), Purist, Kirkis and longtime collaborator Natureboy Flako. Plus, we honor the late Nigerian Afrobeat legend and political activist Fela Kuti on what would be his 80th birthday. We welcome Nigerian-born artist manager Riliwan Salam, who’s been working closely with Partisan Records, Rikki Stein (Kuti’s long-time manager), and the Fela family on numerous posthumous projects, to play some tracks for us and discuss the artist’s lasting legacy.