The Fela Kuti / James Brown Connection

The legendary Fela Kuti, along with his drummer Tony Allen, invented the Afrobeat sound by combining elements of Nigerian pop music, known as High-Life, with influences from American Jazz and Funk. James Brown, in particular, was a major inspiration for Fela.

When Brown toured Nigeria in 1970, his band went to Fela’s club, The Shrine, and told Brown it was the funkiest show they had ever seen. Brown even sent his arranger back to the club to take notes, particularly on Allen’s drumming. By the time Brown released his 1973 album “The Payback”, he was wearing Fela’s influence on his sleeve.

From Rachmaninoff to Your Home

The Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no 2 is one of the best known works of this great Russian composer. It was composed in late 1900 and early 1901, and first performed as a complete piece for piano and orchestra in November of 1901.

Though you may not have a full orchestra in your home, you can still experience the thrill of performing Rachmaninoff’s Concerto no 2 in the privacy of your own home. Sheet music for the piano parts of this towering work is readily available. Take up the challenge of re-creating this three movement work, from its bell-like tolling beginning to the fast coda at the end – the foundation for many recognizable modern works, as well as a favorite piece for movie soundtracks. You can practice on your own, then amaze your friends when you deliver a polished performance on your home piano. Pick up this sheet music and start playing.