Fela Soul is the brainchild of Amerigo Gazaway, and his attempt to combine the vocals of De La Soul with the magic of Fela Kuti.
“I came up with the concept for this project in fall of 2010. I wanted to follow through with it not only because it was a good idea, but because of the powerful impact both these artists have had on me and my music. Afrobeat, jazz, funk, and hip-hop are already so interconnected, and I always thought it would be exciting to work on a project that combined all of these elements together.”
“I hope this project will help to bridge the gap between hip-hop and afrobeat, and serve an introduction for hip-hop fans and music fans alike who are unfamiliar with Fela Kuti or De La Soul’s music.”
As an introduction to the project, and with what seems like a nice summary of the general vibe involved, you can check out the clip below.