Adeola Johnson

Martin Luther King

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Fifty years ago on 4 April 1968, Atlanta-born King was murdered. To commemorate this massive loss to anti-racists and revolutionaries Yuri Prasad correctly argues that it is essential to rescue King from the hagiographers.

Even Donald Trump cites King as an inspiration, but the new generation of activists who stand on King’s shoulders in the many fights for justice and equality today, including Black Lives Matter, face the same brutal police violence that protestors did in the 1960s.

Bulletins from a War Zone

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A revival in politically conscious reggae is finding a global audience, says Adeola Johnson.

Musical mythology has it that there has been no conscious Jamaican reggae since the early 1980s. Radical prime minister Norman Manley's economic reform programme had been brought to a halt by the International Monetary Fund and the CIA. Bob Marley intervened in the 1980 election to quell the violent gang rivalries of Manley and his opposition challenger Edward Seaga, and for a moment it seemed that reggae could succeed where politicians failed.

Mali: The Farmer with the Guitar has Retired

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"Mali is first and foremost a library of the history of African music," said Ali Farka Toure.

On 6 March Ali Farka Toure, Mali's most well-known musician, died in his sleep at his home in Niafunke. After the Malian minister of culture made the announcement the country's radio stations suspended normal programming to play Toure's music.

Music For The Masses

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Review of 'Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti', Barbican Centre, London

'I oppose the (Nigerian) government passionately because it is evil, man, full of corruption. It stops me living my life.' The above words are taken from an interview I conducted with Fela Kuti backstage at Brixton Academy in 1988.

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