Smoker's Break: On The Road With Rich Medina (Oct. 9-15)

Ricky Stein

WHERE: 595 North, Atlanta
WHEN: Saturday, October 15, 2011

This young man was Fela Anikulapo Kuti's manager for the better part of 15 years. He was telling me how he'd flown in that day specifically to attend Fela!'s Atlanta tour dates, and to also attend our party. We met back during the Fela! off-Broadway run, just as the play was going to Broadway, and hit it off beautifully once he realized I was the DJ he was dancing to at the opening party. Talk about a dude with stories that will blow your mind…this guy is one of the most valuable resources for information regarding Fela's artistic experiences, next to Fela's family, band members and friends from Lagos. Hung out in the booth with Mark, Kemit and I the entire night. Inspiring to see the older gentlemen who have already experienced more life than most are still invigorated and interested in passing on knowledge and appreciating the natural changing of the guard.

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