Make It Funky: Fela Kuti, James Brown and the Invention of Afrobeat

  title={Make It Funky: Fela Kuti, James Brown and the Invention of Afrobeat},
  author={Alexander Constantine Stewart},
  journal={American Studies},
  pages={118 - 99}
  • A. Stewart
  • Published 26 September 2013
  • History
  • American Studies
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