Expensive Shit: African Superstar and the Shrine (1970-1974 Lagos)

Talkin’ ‘bout Fela - Max Reinhardt

Max Reinhardt [+-]
DJ and Writer
Max Reinhardt is a club DJ, music writer, compiler, BBC World Service radio presenter and a composer for children's theatre and television. With fellow juror Rita Ray, he's co-hosted a string of innovative club events, including the acclaimed Shrine nights, DJ's with Andy Sheppard's Short Cuts and programmes international music festivals in London.


Fela and Africa ’70 return to Lagos and Afrobeat rapidly goes nuclear, both musically and politically/subversively. Fela becomes a superstar, creates his commune/ micro-state the Kalakuta Republic, his club The Shrine and the police begin to harass and raid his compound. The chorus of voices is joined by John Collins, Fela’s friend/ musical associate, musician, writer, broadcaster, producer, Professor of Music at The University of Ghana Legon

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Reinhardt, Max . Expensive Shit: African Superstar and the Shrine (1970-1974 Lagos). Talkin’ ‘bout Fela. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Sep 2025. ISBN 9781845532017. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=25013. Date accessed: 19 Jul 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25013. Sep 2025

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