Monday, November 08, 2010

This Bitch of a Life, the Official Biography of Fela by Carlos Moore

Dr Carlos Moore
Literature lovers in Ghana on last week Thursday had the fun of their lives (at least most of them had), when Dr Carlos Moore, author of Fela's official biography, This Bitch of a Life, and professor John Collins, a musicologist and author of the Fela: Kalakuta Notes, took the stage to discuss the works of this great musician who was and is an industry on his own. 

The discussion, organised by Kinna of Kinna Reads, saw interesting revelations in the life of Fela, a great musician Africa has ever heard. Questions were asked of the man, what he believed in and what motivated him to do what he did. This is a musician we would never understand: for the passion to fight a government as corrupt as it was cannot be cultivated from just the need to do good. Anyone who wants to do what Fela did must be born for it. After all, it is no coincidence that he is called Anikulapo (he who carries death in his pouch).

Participants had the chance of purchasing autographed copies of these books. And I got an autographed copy of this book, which I would be reviewing on this blog soon.

The next such discussion by Kinna would be in December where we would have Marilyn Heward Mills, author of Cloth Girl.

4 comments:

  1. How exciting! I read about this book on Cassava Republic's blog and added it to my potential buy list for the next time I buy books. Sounds like the event was a lot of fun. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on the book!

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  2. @Amy.. the event was super fun. Kinna got tired arranging it and I think she did an excellent organisation. I would let you know what I think of the book. Besides, I know you are waiting to hear from me on Changes....

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  3. Congrats Kinna, for putting up this...

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  4. @Geosi... she did well and I have met and talked to Carlos Moore... better than a million politicians...

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