“Suffering and Smiling” – Fela!
Music and Lyrics: Fela Kuti
This song is from a jukebox musical about Nigerian activist and musician Fela Kuti. It is in honor of him and the legendary Bob Marley who was born on this day in 1945, both of whom were sadly taken from this world prematurely. The years leading up to Marley’s death in 1981, the reggae artist did not let his fans down and continued to perform and record his music, suffering and smiling despite slowly spreading cancer. A mixtape collaboration between artists J.Period and K’naan entitled The Messengers was later released in 2009 as a tribute to Marley, Kuti, and Bob Dylan.