From the Dance Floor to the Shop Floor
On October 21, 2017, celebrated illustrator and designer Lemi Ghariokwu will present From the Dance Floor to the Shop Floor to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Organised by Temple Management Company, Lagos, the event will hold at the African Artist Foundation (AAF), Victoria Island, Lagos, alongside an exhibition titled Afro-Artbeat.
It will also include a tribute concert and conversation with Ghariokwu narrating his time with Abami Eda, as well as his journey to creating his masterpieces.
A genius in pictorial narration, realism and iconicity, Ghariokwu was responsible for bringing Fela’s passionate words to life through his vivid album artwork, which is said to be rebellious, satirical, political and erotic.
More than his illustrator, Ghariokwu was Fela’s personal friend, spending countless hours with him over the years. They both forged a telepathic relationship that allowed Ghariokwu interprete on album sleeves what Fela communicated to his audience.
Responsible for 26 Fela album sleeves, Ghariokwu has also lent his talents to the legendary Bob Marley, Lucky Dube, Miriam Makeba, Gilles Peterson and Osita Osadebe. Starting in the early 80s, he was the consulting album cover designer for Polygram Records in Nigeria for 11 years and in 2004, was dubbed “King of Covers.” by Observer Music Magazine, UK.
Speaking about the event, Lemi Ghariokwu described it as a fitting tribute to a global icon twenty years on. “It is remarkable that the global recognition and respect commanded by late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti has not waned two decades after. I am delighted to align with like minds like Temple Management Company to further the legacy of the man we all called Abami Eda”.
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