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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Atim Oton: Fela is Back On Broadway…and it is Fabulous

I was born in Nigeria in 1969 and lived through Fela’s revolutionary years. I remember 1977 like it was yesterday. There were 3 major events that year in my life: the raid on Fela’s compound, FESTAC 77 and my father’s untimely death. Each changed the way I see the world significantly. So coming to see FELA was like going home to Nigeria. It was a reminder of why after 35 years, Fela is still very significant and why when musician Youssou N’dour decided to run for President of Senegal – last year, I was concerned. Africa is not kind to its revolutionary musicians. We make them heros and then we attack and destroy them and their lives. Can I list another? Mama Africa singer Miriam … Continue reading

Dhani Jones Came to the Show Last Night

NFL great Dhani Jones came to FELA! on Broadway last night. Yeah Yeah!

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FELA! Triumphs in Music and Message

“I witnessed a miracle tonight,” wrote Roots drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson after seeing “Fela!,” a theatrical production inspired by the life and music of legendary Nigerian musician, bandleader and political activist Fela Kuti. Read More

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See the Stars on Opening Night

The Tony-winning Broadway musical Fela!, which explores the life of Nigerian musician and political figure Fela Anikulapo-Kuti in a production that is part narrative and part rock musical, officially opened on Broadway July 12 in a 32-performance encore run at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

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Another rave from The New York Times: A Well-Traveled Revolutionary Returns

Though often regarded as the season of sloth, summer has its own energy. It’s what you sense in the suddenly wayward walks of city dwellers, liberated by wearing as few clothes as possible. Purposeful strides have been exchanged for something hypnotic, rhythmic and faintly subversive. Read More

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