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Monthly Archives: September 2011

FELABRATION 2011, Part III: Sao Paolo and Amsterdam

There will be FELABRATIONS in Amsterdam and Sao Paolo, in addition to the other Felabrations we’ve written about in two previous posts: Part I and Part II. We are happy to see that people are celebrating the man himself all over the world, on or around his birthday (which is actually October 15, 1938). Below are the posters for Amsterdam and Sao Paolo, respectively. The Amsterdam Date includes a performance by Seun Kuti & Egypt 80.

FELABRATION 2011, part II: London and Paris

Here are some additional FELABRATIONS happening this year. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by and celebrate the life of BABA FELA KUTI. Here are a couple of European parties, in addition to the first-ever Italian date in Bologna that was included in our first FELABRATION post. If you know of any Felabrations, please let us know. LONDON Saturday, October 15th, 2011 @JAZZ Cafe, Camden, London Fela Kuti Birthday Tribute led by Dele Sosimi (Egypt 80) 5 Parkway Camden Town, London NW1 http://www.jazzcafe.co.uk http://www.delesosimi.org http://www.ghettolounge.com PARIS Saturday, October 22, 2011 @La Bellevilloise, Paris FELA DAY – Homage á Fela Anikulapo Kuti: The King of Afrobeat avec Dele Sosimi, Kiala, Nazaire & Afrobeat Family Guest Stars: Tony Allen & Cheick Tidiane Seck DJ Ness … Continue reading

A letter from Maija Garcia, Associate Choreographer and Creative Director of FELA!

And now a word from Maija Garcia, Associate Choreographer and Creative Director of FELA! Good people of the world: The FELA! World Tour has begun… Everybody say YEAH YEAH! I recently returned from Washington DC where we opened the world tour of FELA! The cast (a mix of Broadway & National Theater performers) is absolutely stunning; hailing from Nigeria, Sierra Leonne, Central African Republic, Guinea, France, UK, The US, and the Caribbean. These spellbinding artists embody the Pan-African unity and consciousness that Fela Anikulapo Kuti espoused through his music and message. After nearly 6 years interrogating Fela’s life work and refining his story onstage, hundreds of thousands have experienced FELA! Off-Broadway (2008), On-Broadway (2009-2011), at The National Theater of London (2010), in Lagos Nigeria at New Afrika … Continue reading


It’s near that time of year, folks, when Fela’s birthday nears and Felabrations spring up all around the world to celebrate the life of Baba. Most of the dates fall on or around his actual birthday, October 15. With the help of Knitting Factory Records, we’ve compiled a list of known Felabrations and their locations/information. More to come as details are known — stay tuned. Atlanta Saturday, October 15, 2011Spread Love 595 North Event Venue http://www.experiencespreadlove.com Austin Saturday, October 1 Jazztronica! Saturdays presents: FELABRATION 2011 Malverde 400B W. 2nd St. Facebook Event Bologna, IT Friday, October 14 Sottotetto Via Viadagola 16 Facebook Event Birmingham, UK Friday, October 14 The Hare and Hounds 106 High St. King’s Heath, Birmingham Featuring The Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra (Egypt 80 Keyboardist) Tickets … Continue reading

Chicago Felabration!

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar, Partisan Records/Knitting Factory Records and Global Soul productions presents: BLACK PRESIDENT – A Felabration of the Music & Legacy of Fela Anikulapo Kuti With global groove merchant DJ King Scratch – Saturday, October 15: 8pm – 2am – Free – No Cover 960 W.31st Street, Chicago, Illinois, – 60608 – 773.890.0588 – www.community-bar.com To celebrate the legacy and influence of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, pioneer of Afrobeat and political maverick, Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar (960 W. 31st) is hosting BLACK PRESIDENT on Saturday, October 15 to commemorate the birth of Fela Anikulapo Kuti on October 15, 1938. An incendiary talent, both musically and politically, Fela’s influence has grown astronomically since his death in 1997. Born in Nigeria, Fela … Continue reading

FELA! star Sahr Ngaujah @ The Michael Eric Dyson show

Heads up! FELA! star Sahr Ngaujah will be on the Michael Eric Dyson show on Wednesday, 9/14. Here is where to tune in: KBCS – Bellevue/Seattle, Wash. (4 PM) KGRM – Grambling, La. (1 PM) KTSU – Houston, Texas (8 AM)WAMU-HD3 – Washington, D.C. (10 AM) WCSU – Wilberforce, Ohio (10 AM) WEAA – Baltimore, Md. (9 AM) WJSU – Jackson, Miss. (6 PM) WPRL – Southwest Mississippi and Louisiana (12 PM)

Hello, Toronto! FELA! hits Canada

It’s official: FELA! will be playing at Toronto’s Canon Theatre from October 25 to November 6.Mirvish Productions brings the production to Canada, where the cast will include members from the original Broadway production in New York City as well as the London cast. As Richard Ouzounian from the Toronto Star reports, “All this is not just to entertain us, but to make us aware of a man who was an icon in his native Nigeria, but is largely unknown to most of North America.” Read more about FELA!’s arrival in Toronto on Toronto.com. Sahr Ngaujah stars as Fela Kuti. Tickets to be available shortly: and don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook for the latest news — yeah yeah!

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