Genesis Of Felabration

Felabration is our annual festival of music and arts commemorating the life and times of Nigeria’s foremost musical icon, the late great Fela Anikulakpo Kuti. As a music brand, it is revered and highly influential. The idea and concept of Felabration as an annual celebration of Fela’s music, life and times, originated from his eldest child Yeni who conceived it in 1998.

With the exception of 1999, Felabration has taken place annually. Currently Felabration - organized by the Felabration Organising Committee - has grown into a mega week-long musical event in Nigeria which attracts thousands of visitors annually to the New Africa Shrine from all over the world. Felabration is an official tourist destination of The Lagos State Government who are major sponsors of the event.

Currently Felabration - organized by the Felabration Organising Committee - has grown into a mega week-long musical event in Nigeria which attracts thousands of visitors annually to the New Africa Shrine from all over the world. Felabration is an official tourist destination of The Lagos State Government who are major sponsors of the event.


Over the years Felabration has attracted many high-class musical acts from all over the world. The roll call includes; Hugh Masekela, Femi Kuti, Lucky Dube, Awilo, Baba Maal, Les Nubians, King Sunny Ade, Lagbaja, Asa, TuFace, Sauti Sol, Seun Kuti and many others. A testament to the global nature of the Felabration brand is when in the year 2008, over 50 international artistes came together under the banner, African Express - from the United States, Great Britain, France and Senegal - to perform at Felabration. Every year, Felabration features an exciting lineup of artistes designed to satisfy the appetite of music lovers who throng the New Africa Shrine.
The Felabration Week always runs through the week of October that includes the 15th day, ensuring that Fela’s posthumous birthday celebrations are part of the Festival. As the creator of afrobeat, social critic, political activist and champion of the underprivileged, as well as a philosopher of his own political ideology, Fela is still today, a hero to millions of people for his contributions to society.

Our festivals always include a range of activities attendees can engage in, such as ‘The Fela Debates’ symposium series, the Secondary Schools debate, the Afrobics Dance Competition, Art Exhibitions, Art Competition and lots more. We offer an exhilarating week-long experience celebrating the iconic status of Africa’s best known musical figure, Fela Anikulakpo Kuti.