UPR!SE is a blog dedicated to The Shrine's Patron Saint and inspiration, Fela Anikulpo Kuti.

The blog focuses on music, fashion, art, design, politics and culture. It is a celebration of trailblazing souls who rise up without compromise.


Tuesday, October 1, 2013


     Ah yes FELA lovers, it's that time of year again... When we say happy birthday to the one-and-only FELA KUTI!

     FELABRATION goes down once again at The Shrine on Saturday, October 12, 2013. Stay tuned for a surprise DJ to be announced... Also, we will have a performance by Ugochi and the Ayodele Drum and Dance Ensemble. The Chicago Film Festival will also be celebrating with an after-party for its Spotlight Africa film series. Perhaps some famous actors in the house...?! Going to be an amazing party you don't want to miss...!

     To get you in the mood let's listen to the new RED HOT + FELA compilation. The good peeps over at NPR have it streaming live. CLICK HERE


01 Baloji & L’Orchestre de la Katuba [ft. Kuku]: “Buy Africa”
02 tUnE-yArDs, ?uestlove, Angelique Kidjo, & Akua Naru: “Lady”
03 Spoek Mathambo & Zaki Ibrahim: “Yellow Fever”
04 Nneka, Sinkane, Amayo & Superhuman Happiness: “No Buredi”
05 Just a Band & Childish Gambino: “Who No Know Go No”
06 My Morning Jacket, Merrill Garbus, Brittany Howard: “Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am”
07 Kyp Malone, Tunde Adebimpe, Kronos Quartet, Stuart Bogie: “Sorrow Tears and Blood”
08 Superhuman Happiness, Sahr Ngaujah, Abena Koomson, Rubblebucket: “ITT”
09 Tony Allen, M1, Baloji: “Afrodisco Beat 2013″
10 Just A Band, Bajah, Chance the Rapper: “Gentleman”
11 GendEr Infinity: “Hi Life Time”
12 Spoek Mathambo, Cerebral Cortex, Frown: “Zombie”
13 King: “Go Slow”