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.