Do you know what today is?
Its the day we drop the AfroBeatles Come Together Beasts of No Nation mash up video remix.
It’s also the anniversary of the Beatles’ 1969 track, Come Together.
“Come Together” came from “come together, join the party” the campaign slogan for Timothy Leary’s ’69 campaign for governor of California against Ronald Reagan.
If you follow me at all, you may have noticed I’m on a mission of sorts: to spread the word about The AfroBeatles.
All last week, we dropped tasty little factoids like this about Come Together.
If you peeped any of the various AfroBeatles social media properties, you would have learnt a lil’ sumthin.
Like, did you know that in the opening of Come Together, John Lennon says “here come old flattop,” referring to a popular style of haircut worn in the 60s?
Or that Come Together was released as a double A-side with Something?
Or that it Abbey Road was the title of the album Come Together appears on?
Last week we also dropped factoids about Beasts of No Nation, the other half of the AfroBeatles mashup.
Like, did you know that Beasts of No Nation was Fela’s anti-apartheid album with Egypt ’80.
Or that in Beasts of No Nation Fela attacks the corrupt Nigerian government, Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, and P.W. Botha for their respective parts in the destabilization of Africa?
Or that the cover art for Beasts of No Nation was created by Ghariokwu Lemi, the artist behind many of Fela’s controversial covers?
In 2011, Rich Medina & Mark Hines first created the Come Together Beasts of No Nation mashup.
The original mashup included footage from two live events: a performance at Fela’s Shrine, and a Beatles performance from the early ’70s.
But the remix is a marked departure from the original.
We went all-in and the imagery for the anniversary mashup is off the chain.
There are all kinds of tasty tidbits in there.
It’s an AfroBeatles mashup, so subtle nods to the group abound.
Peep how many times you see the full group on-screen in the video.
I would be remiss if I failed to big up Mark Hines for his visual acumen.
Anyway, I’m done blabbing.
If you like the video, feel free to check out the other mashups at AfroBeatles.com.
And by all means share!