The San Francisco Vegetarian Society and co-sponsor In Defense of Animals present its 8th World Veg Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 29 & 30, 2007 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the S.F. County Fair building, Golden Gate Park, at Lincoln and 9th Avenue. Suggested minimum $5 donation. FREE admission to children under 12 years old and seniors over 65. FREE admission the first half hour from 10-10:30 a.m.
Felabration, cheap beats by dre,cheap dre beats as the concert series is known, began with the opening of the KalakuMuseum, which offers a glimpse of how Fela lived in his former home. Thousands came to the New Afrika Shrine, the performance hall where his son Femi Kuti performs each week. Through the haze of marijuana smoke, top artists in Nigeria, including Asa and Tiwa Savage, performed on stage. Most raised their fists above their heads, mirroring the famous image of the singer who called for pan-Africanism and human rights in his Fela created Afrobeat in the late 1960s, mixing the rhythm of jazz, the catchiness of pop music and traditions of African mysticism into 10-minute-long songs riffing on politics and sex in a nation only recently freed from colonialism. Many in Nigeria, at times a very religious and conservative nation, largely shied away from Fela over his heavily publicized sexual appetite and marijuana use. However, the singer has received more attention in recent years following a smash Broadway musical about his life.