Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani are the editors of the New Generation African Poets Series (Akashic Books), an annual box set anthology of chapbooks by poets of African descent who have yet to publish a full-length collection. Established in 2014, this series, currently in its fifth year, has played an influential role in creating a publishing platform for new voices.
Dami Ajayi is a poet and music critic based in Lagos, Nigeria.
Fela: Kalakuta Notes (Second Edition)
by John Collins
Wesleyan University Press (2015), 326 pages
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, arguably Africa’s greatest musician, has a place in the pantheon of African thought leaders of the 20th century, along with the likes of Frantz Fanon, Marcus Garvey and Nelson Mandela. Eighteen years after his death, his life continues to be a focus of intellectual discussion, his music remains an edifying staple, and every few years a new book about his life surfaces.