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Sandra Izsadore

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Sandra Izsadore is a singer, activist, author, and humanitarian born in Los Angeles, California. She is a graduate of Redlands University. She was featured in the Tony Award Broadway Musical FELA! with Michele Williams of Destiny’s Child, Saycon Sengbloh, and Paulette Ivory. She was featured in three documentaries: Beware of Mr. Baker, about drummer Ginger Baker, Finding FELA, and My Friend FELA. During the late 1960s, Sandra revitalized Africa’s revolutionary genius FELA KUTI. Upon meeting Sandra, Fela’s musical and political ideas changed, radically, and Afro-Beat was born. Sandra is the only vocalist featured on Fela’s music. The song Upside Down, which was a hit in 1977, is considered an Afro-Beat music classic. It is through her single-handed influence as a midwife for this genre that Sandra Izsadore is called The Queen Mother of Afro-Beat. Sandra Izsadore was immortalized in Fela’s biography Fela Fela This Bitch of a Life written by Carlos Moore in 1982. One chapter is dedicated to her. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles.



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