Fela Kuti – Political Maverick
Fela Kuti’s approbation mainly comes from his music.. A Jazz influenced performer/instrumentalist and pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre; responsible for the creation of the style and spreading the genre outside Nigeria.
Kuti used social criticism in his music to pave way for social change. His music was a reflection of his reading of Pan African literature.
Brash/abrasive/lengthily curt/ballsy/outspoken….. I could go on a tautological rant trying to describe a man who the Herald Sun shewed in the quoted verbatim- ”Imagine Che Guevara and Bob Marley rolled into one person and you got a sense of Nigerian musician and activist, Fela Kuti.”
His highly opinionated self came after his travel to the U.S and interactions with the Black Power and Black Panther movements which influenced his music and political views….,,,,, coming back to Nigeria and infuriating the government with his explosive denunciations of government and society.
A concretely dogmatic fellow, he married 27 women (some his dancers) and formed a commune- Kalakuta republic- his polyamorous compound with a studio/ free health facility and declared it independent from the Nigerian government. He defended his stance on polygyny with the words.. “A man goes for many women, instead of going out to f*** around, He should bring the women in the house to live with him and stop running around the streets. He kept simultaneously a circle of 12 women then divorcing them.
This hypercritical figure who took his hotheadedness to intimacy died of Kaposi Sarcoma- An AIDS related illness.
Born- Olufela Olesegun Oludotun Ransome Kuti.. He changed his middle name to Anikulapo (meaning “He who carries death in his pouch”, with the interpretation: “I will be the master of my own destiny and will decide when it is time for death to take me”), stating that his original middle name of Ransome was a slave name.
A feminist & Activist Mama and Reverend/Principal father.. Both his brothers made Medical doctors. Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka was his cousin.. Am sitting pretty and looking at a family of extreme thoughts.
Pablo Picasso – Avant-garde of Child Art.
Picasso was too much nonsense in a man, maybe one of the reasons he became an artist. When Picasso is stated, Cubism is the first word that dings.. I donno if that happens to all Art lovers?? He is one of the inventors of this style- A form of Art trying to incorporate abstraction to surrealism thereby coming up with something Nondescript- non conforming shapes placed together represent something wholly.. Call it beautifully licentious. Picasso took freedom of the Artist to a whole new level, He was the man who painted with ideologies and poetry.
Picasso liked to flatter himself that he was a poet too… He made some nasty poems that you can’t recite to your mother…. an insatiable player with words -> His literary output displayed an equal capacity to promote language as a real thing… And to use it with as much dazzling liberty. The inventor of great entangled poetry.
Besides evocations of colour, sound, smell and taste; Picasso’s literary works display a certain amount of fascination with sexual and scatological behavior. Bizzare sentences appear regularly throughout, for instance:
“The smell of bread crust marinating in urine…. Stripped of his pants eating his bag of fries of turd…. The cardinal of cock and the archbishop of gash…”but what silence is louder than death says the cunt to the cunt while scratching the front of his anus in an elegant manner….. Morning at dawn there were fries and worms up every ass hole and sugar palms appeared in the window…. A pinky in erection not a grape & not a fig….. My grandmother’s big balls are shining midst the thistles and where the young girls roam.
In his study of unconscious factors in the creative process, James W. Hamilton states that some of Picasso’s prose reveals concerns with oral deprivation and immense cannibalistic rage towards the breast…
Picasso’s full name was Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de Los Remedies Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso. The above sentence could paint a horse for a horse/ then people would now come and interpret the horse for something else & give meaning to a Picasso painting, For instance The Guernica.
What more could apotheosis mean than people asking the right questions due to your art?
Jean-Michel Basquiat- Freedom From adornment.
Basquiat ain’t some French bisquit bruh… Its even pronounced “Baskiha”.
He drew an immense influence from Picasso- His work across all mediums displays a fascination with the process of creating.
Basquiat lacked genteel, he was black, frankly…his art depicts a man with talent but is dilettante- has superficial interests in art. This austerity is probably why his art is held at such valour.
As the former UN investigator Francis Montil told an Australian newspaper in 2007, in the UN, “the hypocrite, the liar, the fraudster, the nepotist and the dilettante is more likely to survive and progress than the average ‘thinking’ reasonable man or woman.
Basquiat was greatly successful from fatuous art while many artists with high precision skills in art capturing nature’s essence never trod his staircase.
Sistine Chapel Ceiling- Clothed Females X Naked Males frescoes by Michelangelo Buonarroti
This is Pope’s private chapel & the best way you can describe that is indeed a stew of nudes.
On 1508, Pope Julius ‘The Warrior Pope’ summoned and commissioned Michelangelo to begin work on the ceiling.
“PAINTING ISN’T MY ART”, protested the sculptor Michelangelo. “Let Raphael do it.” But Pope Julius II insisted that he paint the ceiling of his holiness’ private chapel called the Sistine. For the next four years Michelangelo was practically a prisoner- first of the pope then of his own fever of inspiration. Michelangelo requested to be let to do as he pleased, but it was Julius’ intention and expectation that the iconography of the ceiling was to be read with many layers of meaning.
Michelangelo’s deepest love was not painting. Throughout his long career, the artist’s brush had to be practically forced on him. The hammer and chisel were His most meaningful companions; there are 343 major figures in the ceiling; every one sublime; each has the power of sculpture. Not even one female is nude, but close to all males including CHRIST is nude.. With profound muscular projection.
I think Michelangelo was tormented by conflict between homosexual desires and passionate Christian beliefs.
Well.., pontiffs succeeding Pope Julius had different reactions to the ceiling. Pope Adrian VI was angered by their presence and nudity and wanted the ceiling strapped.
Someone liberal and open minded Pope John Paul II had something different to say..
Pope John Paul II
“It seems that Michelangelo, in his own way, allowed himself to be guided by the evocative words of the Book of Genesis which, as regards the creation of the human being, male and female, reveals: ‘The man and his wife were both naked, yet they felt no shame’. The Sistine Chapel is precisely – if one may say so – the sanctuary of the theology of the human body. In witnessing to the beauty of man created by God as male and female, it also expresses in a certain way, the hope of a world transfigured, the world inaugurated by the Risen Christ.”
What do you personally think of the ceiling’s paintings?
I enjoyed Michelangelo’s sense of humor and his speed. Adam’s famous little penis was captured with a single brush stroke , a flick of the wrist and the first man had his manhood.