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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Photos: Ziggy Marley, Taye Diggs + Idina Menzel love FELA!

  A couple happenings in the world of FELA! we wanted to alert you to — Ziggy Marley showed us some serious love recently. We’re giddy. Won’t you follow him on Twitter? Psst. Don’t forget to follow us too if you haven’t already. And look who visited us at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles recently: Taye Diggs and actress Idina Menzel! The star of Broadway’s RENT and How Stella Got Her Groove Back stopped by for a photo with cast member Adechike Torbert. You may recognize him from Private Practice. Check out more sightings on the rest of our blog — You may see a certain Stevie…  

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Audio: BBC Radio 4 documentary “Fela Comes Home”

Ladies and gents — we present to you something special courtesy of BBC Radio 4’s James Hale. Here’s “Fela Comes Home” a documentary that aired May 31, 2011.   BBC Radio 4: Fela Comes Home by felamusical    

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Videos + Notes: #OccupyNigeria

  Fela spoke out against widespread government corruption and police brutality in 1970s Nigeria. In the immediate present, Fela’s message of resistance can be heard ringing through the OccupyNigeria movement: protestors in Lagos have resurrected their national political hero by playing tracks like “Zombie” and “Gentleman” at demonstrations, while decrying President Jonathan Goodyear’s recent removal of the national fuel subsidy — the only tangible benefit Nigerians (who often live on less than $2 a day) receive from the government. The removal of the subsidy took effect from Sunday, 1 January 2012 as announced by the Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA Reginald Stanley. In response, demonstrations have cropped up not only in Nigeria, but also abroad in London, New York, and Washington … Continue reading

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1/18: FELA! cast to perform at AMOEBA RECORDS Hollywood – RSVP!

What do Nas, Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Ziggy Marley, and Smokey Robinson have in common? They all led standing ovations at FELA!  at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. You can do the same next week when the FELA! cast has its very special free in-store performance and signing at Amoeba Records in Hollywood on Wednesday, January 18th at 5pm. Then, take an hour or five to browse the West Coast’s premier record store — only a joint this behemoth could contain our cast! Purchase tickets for the remaining FELA! dates here. The Original Broadway Cast Recording is available here through Knitting Factory Records. While you’re at it, you can RSVP for the event on our Facebook page.

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Obituary: Fela, by Rikki Stein

FELA OBITUARY Fela was sweet; perhaps not an adjective that would normally be used to describe this tornado of a man, but Fela was sweet to me. The sweetness that I perceived in him emanated from his love for humanity; particularly for those who had drawn life’s short straw. Hundreds of people depended upon Fela for living. Many more than he needed to run his Lagos club, The Shrine, or to play in his band.   I saw him as a social  engineer, concerned with issues of injustice, corruption, the abuses of power. He was ready to lay his life on the line in defense of such causes, which he did on countless occasions. For his trouble he was beaten with rifle butts, endlessly harassed, imprisoned, … Continue reading

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Video: The FELA! Band at the Elbo Room in San Francisco + The Troubadour Los Angeles!

Check out this fantastic, crystal-clear footage of The Fela Band — a band comprised of members of the cast and musicians of FELA! the musical (including a certain Mr. Ngaujah). Kudos to OneAntRed Productions for creating this video and sharing it with us. In related news, The Fela Band will be performing at the legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles this Friday the 13th (spooky?) If you want to RSVP, you can do so on Facebook. Invite your friends + be there or be bored!  

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Smokey Robinson spotted at FELA! @ The Ahmanson Theatre

  The long list of legends that have made recent appearances at our show continues. First, it was Stevie, Talib Kweli, and Mos Def — now it’s Smokey Robinson. Here he is with FELA! band members Yoshi Takemasa, Brian Vargas, and Dylan Fusillo at LA’s Ahmanson Theatre. If you haven’t heard, we’re heading to Mr. Robinson’s hometown, Detroit, pretty soon. Check out exact dates and score tickets on our Tour Dates page.

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