Sat 9 Sep 2017

PBS 106.7FM is proud to announce the return of Beasts of No Nation – a special event paying tribute to Fela Kuti featuring The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra. Plus an incredible line-up of special guests at The Night Cat on Saturday September 9.

The event, presented by Stani Goma of PBS show Flight 1067 to Africa, will see the Public Opinion Afro Orchestra joined on stage by an amazing line up of guest vocalists including Sampa The Great, Kylie Auldist, Emma Donovan, Franḉoise D’Argent, and ,Candy Borquaye, as well as Gbade Okunade and Lemi Ghariokwu direct from Lagos, deliver an exclusive, one-off performance dedicated to afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti – one of the most celebrated and audacious artists of the 20th century, who continuously put his life on the line for his music and what he believed in.

Lemi – the visionary behind dozens of Fela Kuti’s original cover art between 1974 and 1993 – will be MCing the night, bringing a personal touch to this special event.

The seventeen-piece orchestra comprises some of Melbourne’s finest musicians and powerful MCs, whose tribal rhythms and West African grooves will bring contemporary African funk to the Night Cat dancefloor while always remaining faithful to the message of afrobeat.

Beasts of No Nation is named after Fela Kuti’s final studio album, and serves as a poignant reminder that 20 years after the musician’s death, Fela’s music is as powerful and relevant as ever. This year is especially relevant as it marks exactly 20 years since the musician’s death in 1997.This event is part of a wider month-long tribute to Fela’s legacy lovingly curated by PBS presenter Stani Goma.

Beasts of No Nation: A Tribute to Fela Kuti
Saturday, September 9 at The Night Cat
9pm – late

137-141 Johnston St, Fitzroy

Proudly presented by PBS and Multicultural Arts Victoria