Black President:The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. 2003; 186 pages; paperback; 51 b/w, 105 color images. Contributions include: Kalakuta Show by Trevor Schoonmaker, The Rascal Republic Takes on the World by Vivien Goldman, The Power of Song by Olu Oguibe, Fela and the Funk by Michael Veal, The Political Context of Fela’s Activism by Yomi Durotoye, Yellow Fever - The Iconology of a Diagnosis by Moyo Okediji, The Trafficator (or Tommy Sparkle’s Bright Ideas) by Biyi Bandele, Everyone Is a Mirror by Sharon Strange. Interview with Femi Kuti by Jeff Chang. Interview with Ghariokqu Lemi and Timeline by Trevor Schoonmaker. Artist’s statement included. “This exhibition and book, both expertly organized by Trevor Schoonmaker for the New Musem, provides an opportunity to more fully absorb the impact of Fela as a prodigious artist and prodigious agitator for post-colonial culture in Africa as well as glimpse at some of the most important artists working in Africa and in the African Diaspora today. For this book, Mr. Schoonmaker has assembled an impressive group of Fela scholars who approach his life and work from various perspectives and make the clear case that Fela gave voice to political disenchantment while providing a vision for the future based on innovative form built on an amalgamation of the traditional and the contemporary.” -Lisa Phillips, p. 7. Artists: Radcliffe Bailey, Bili Bidjocka, Sanford Biggers, Klaus Burgel, Sokari Douglas Camp, Brett Cook Dizney, Victor Ekpuk, Tim Evans, Kendell Geers, Ghariokqu Lemi, Barkley Hendricks, Satch Hoyt, Alfredo Jaar, Marcia Kure, Moshekwa Langa, Paul D. Miller, Adia Millet, Wangechi Mutu, Nanga-Oly Christophe, Aime Ntakiyica, Odili Donald Odita, Olu Oguibe, Moyo Ogundipe, Moyo Okediji, Senam Okudzeto, Ouattara, Yinka Shonibare, Jason Stewart Smith, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Ike Ude, Obiora Udechukwu, Roberto Visani, Kara Walker, Fred Wilson. Exhibition Catalogue. 10.5 in. x 10.5 in.
Funding: Norton Family Foundation. Penny McCall Publication Fund at the New Museum