As one of Africa’s most pioneering and charismatic performers, Fela Kuti paved the way for Afrobeat, a genre of music to which he can mostly lay claim. A diverse fusion of Nigerian styles, as well as jazz, funk and psych rock, Afrobeat is generally comprised of a large band with many instruments.
Carhartt WIP pay homage to the great Fela Kuti with a graphic capsule collection that echoes the late musicians energetic, colourful, sound.
Comprised of short sleeve shirts and shorts in an all-over FELA print, paying homage to the fashion in his native Nigeria, the collection also touches on some of his notable lyrics.
Heavyweight longsleeve shirts are emblazoned with PUFF PUFF PASS and the Carhartt logo on the rear in black and vibrant blue.
His 1971 hit ‘Ye Ye De Smell’ is immortalised on bright short sleeve t-shirts, whilst long sleeve tees carry the DRUGS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE SHRINE message – a phrase inscribed at the entrance of the New Afrika Shrine – erected by his son Femi, to remember his father, after the original shrine burned down in 1977.
Throughout the collection a recreation of the Carhartt C logo is used, featuring a yellow and black tear and their custom FELA graphic.
It seems appropriate that the Detroit based workwear brand will also be re-releasing the previously discontinued vinyl album Live In Detroit 1986. This seminal performance was recorded less than a year after Fela Kuti was released from prison, resulting in a four-song, two and a half hour album.
The Carhartt WIP Fela Kuti collection is available now!