First of all, Fela is a legend! He is the King of Afrobeats, a title that’s rightly so as he created the Afrobeat genre which is the core foundation of ‘Afrobeats’ as we know it today. He has inspired a lot of this generation’s super stars including our very own Starboy – Wizkid. He is considered one of the most important musicians of the African continent. His song “Zombie” appears in the list of the 100 best songs of Time magazine.
Now a video with such title, you would think will honour the Legend right? Wrong. Well apart from the title of the track and certain instruments used at the beginning and in between drums on the track, this video in no way honours the late Fela. Wyclef just brings together a bunch of females dressed like they are going to the Carribean stand at the Nottinghill Carnival in London. The whole set of the music video somewhat reminds me of the movie ‘Coming to America‘. Worst of all not dark skin women were not present in the video, at least if you’re going to name your track after an African Legend (Fela) who was known for actively celebrating the black woman you could have tried to use dark skinned ladies, even if it’s just one.
Come on Wyclef, You can do better. Just like a comment under the music video on Youtube stated ‘ I feel like he wanted to somehow tap into the African/Nigerian market and at the same time wanted to stay relevant‘. I agree, this statement could not have been better put together.
Watch the video below and feel free to leave a comment stating what you think…..
Author: MJ Junior
MJ Junior is the Creative Director for the TLM brand. He’s also an entrepreneur, model, Graphic designer and Fashion Enthusiast.
He hopes to be on the Forbes list 30 under 30 by the year 2020!