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Video + Photos: LA Closing Party featuring the cast of FELA! and Afrobeat Down

On January 22nd, the cast of FELA! and Los Angeles band Afrobeat Down got together to celebrate a successful run at The Ahmanson Theatre. Sandra Izsadore hosted the party — she describes the party as  “… a night to remember. Real Kalakuta style.” She also describes other highlights: “We had a Big Yellow Bus that picked us up from the hotel.  It transported us about ten miles to the party.  The Bus and its driver has made appearances on Oprah Winfrey show, People Magazine, The Steve Harvey Morning Show, as well as many other publications.  The Bus driver, Tonya, is doing great work through her GYO organization for youth in our community.  Jamaican Food was served… It was a good closing for Los Angeles. ”   … Continue reading

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Video: Ziggy Marley joins the cast of FELA! on stage + Fela Kuti fundraiser sale for URGE

  The FELA! cast and producers, in association with Knitting Factory Records is currently running a promotion with the amazing children’s charity run by Ziggy Marley, U.R.G.E. (Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment). U.R.G.E. If you enter the coupon, “africaunite” with your purchase from the Fela Kuti webstore, 20% of the cost of your items will be donated to U.R.G.E. from now until February 9th. Shop for a good cause –it’s a win for everyone.   Speaking of Ziggy Marley, check out this video of his appearance with the cast of FELA! at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles last month (many thanks to the lovely ADERO GREEN for this footage). Do share!  

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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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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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Guess who was at the show in LA? Yup, that’s Stevie Wonder.

The legendary Stevie Wonder was spotted during opening night of FELA! in Los Angeles. Here are a couple of photos from Stevie’s backstage visit with the cast at the Ahmanson Theatre. L-R: Stevie with the cast, Stevie with Yoshi Takemasa (the show’s percussionist), and Stevie with Gelan Lambert (cast). And just for kicks — here’s my favorite Stevie-related clip — an appearance on Sesame Street: Stevie Wonder on Sesame Street  

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