6 times the Sanctuary of Fela featured in contemporary music videos | The guardian of culture


Fela Anikulapo Kuti is popularly known as the founder of Afrobeats in Nigeria through his music where he used traditional Afro sounds to preach political activism, bad governance and deep life lessons, making it a soundtrack for generations of Nigerians.

Lover of African culture and pure and hard traditionalist, Fela has built a sanctuary where he hosted his concerts and made his music. This shrine, which is now known as the “Old Afrika Shrine”, was demolished by the military government due to Fela’s political activism in the 1970s. He then moved to the Empire Hotel in Mushin, known as Afrika Shrine or Republic of Kalakuta. It was reduced to ashes in 1977 following frequent government incursions.

A new Afrika shrine was built in October 2000 by his son Femi Kuti to commemorate Fela’s death. Since then, it has become a tourist attraction for Afrobeats fans around the world.

The new shrine, located in the Alausa environment of Ikeja, Lagos State, is home to some of the best artistic and musical performances in Lagos. It has become the hotbed for afro-beat enthusiasts and has also served as a perfect venue for emerging artists to shoot their videos and host their shows.
Here are some of the best music videos with scenes from the shrine:

Jaiye- Jaiye – Wizkid ft Femi Kuti (2013)

The accompanying video for Jaiye Jaiye by Wizkid which received great success was filmed at the new Afrika shrine. Directed by Sesan, the video was nominated for the Nigerian Entertainment Awards. This video was able to show scenes inside the new Afrika shrine as well as the beautiful environment that surrounds it. The video was released on October 26, 2013.

A lot to – MUT4Y ft Wizkid (2017)

Directed by director Q and produced by MUT4Y, this clip took viewers to the heart of the new Afrika shrine. The video gave us a glimpse of almost every corner of the shrine, from the art on the walls to the stage and daily activities of the shrine with vendors selling drinks, talking drums, to traditional dancers in their beautiful attire dancing. to the beat of the music. The clip featured a few celebrities, including Senegalese-American singer Akon.

Run my run – Burna Boy (2013)

Prior to his performance in Felabration 2013 where he stunned the crowd by performing in boxer shorts, Burnaboy shot the video for Run my run at the New Afrika shrine. Directed by Clarence Peters, it credits Fela with the inspiration for the song he has referred to on numerous occasions as his role model. Hence his decision to shoot the video at the sanctuary. The video was able to portray the net where the dancers perform as well as the nightlife of the shrine.

Teni live concert at Afrika shrine (2019)

After performing in over twenty cities around the world, Teni the Entertainer decided to bring the Teni Live tour to Afrika Shrine on July 6, 2019. In an interview with Sahara TV, she said: “Two years ago , I had an unforgettable experience. at the shrine when I came for Felaberation. I wanted to use the toilet but couldn’t so I had to use it elsewhere. It was a funny experience. When I thought about that day, I thought to myself that the shrine would be a good place to hold my concert. Teni Live’s concert at Afrika Shrine was well received by fans across the country as audiences enjoyed performances by other artists such as Dice Ailes, Terri and Skibii.

Eruku Sa’ye Po – Sean Tizzle (2015)

On November 1, 2015, Sean Tizzle released the video for his song Eruku Sa’ye Po, which was filmed in The New Afrika Shrine. The video showed the exterior of the sanctuary, the neighborhood, the street vendors as well as clips from the annual party. It also gave us a glimpse of the scene which was a bit different due to the lighting props that were added to the video.

Hostile gospel – Talib Kweli (2008)

American rapper Talib Kweli shot his music video at Afrika Shrine long before Wizkid, Burnaboy and Sean Tizzle. The video of Hostile gospel which was directed by Nigerian filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu showed Talib in Lagos making his way through the overcrowded city carried by an okada runner. He finally arrives at Afrika shrine where he meets Femi Kuti. The video has received critical acclaim from hip-hop and Afro-beat fans around the world.


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