Folks – The cast of FELA! just completed a brief but massively successful run in beautiful Atlanta, GA: the local press is so abuzz with news of the show that there were too many articles and videos to post to the Fela! Facebook page, so if you want to read all about it, visit our PRESS section on FELAONBROADWAY.com. That leads us to the question, how did the Washington, DC dates go? Well, here’s some good news — they went so well that we are RETURNING to DC in January for a week-long run at The Warner Theatre! Mark your calendars, ladies and gentlemen. And don’t forget to say #yeahyeah!
Monthly Archives: October 2011
We’ve caught word that the Original Broadway Cast Recording of FELA! is one of the recordings featured in the iTunes GREAT SOUNDTRACKS sale; a sale that offers listeners iconic soundtracks for the recession-proof price of $7.99! You’ll want to visit the iTunes site for this deal – which is only available for a limited time. For other FELA! merch, you can also visit the Knitting Factory Recordsstore. Or better yet, go to one of the many SHOWS and visit the merch table!
In 1970s Nigeria, only a tiny handful of female artists broke through the backing singer/dancer ceiling to become stars in their own right, particularly if they wrote their own material — And Fela cousins The Lijadu sisters did just that. Their repertoire ranged from love songs and dance anthems to philosophy and political/social commentary. “The music business was hard for women in Nigeria,” says Taiwo Lijadu. “Back then, they didn’t think women had brains.” Twins Taiwo and Kehinde were born in Jos, in northern Nigeria, on October 22, 1948. They enjoyed singing from an early age, encouraged by their mother, who bought them records by a wide range local and overseas of artists. Kehinde and Taiwo remember with special fondness discs by Aretha Franklin, Miriam Makeba, Ray Charles … Continue reading
Felabrations are popping up everywhere this year — as evidenced by the amount of posts we have about it. Though we’ve previously posted about Felabrations in Spain, The Netherlands, France, Brazil, and the UK, our friends in the US demand a comprehensive post about the different parties across the country. Let us know if you have any further information as well. ATLANTA October 15 @ Spread Love 595 North Ave NW Atlanta, GA http://spreadlovefelabration2011.eventbrite.com BOSTON October 21 @ AllAsiaBar 344 Mass Ave in Central Square, Cambridge, MA http://www.allasiabar.com CHICAGO October 14 @ The Shrine 2190 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL http://fusicology.com/event/felabration3 DC October 15 1918 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, Washington, DC OAKLAND October 15 @ The New Parish 579 18th Street Oakland, CA https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=273472476017168
Spain is on board with FELABRATION 2011 in more ways than one — there are four whole dates in the following cities: Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla, and Cordoba. Other parties to celebrate the life of Fela Kuti are cropping up all over the world. Check out previous announcements for other dates and locations: Amsterdam & Sao Paolo, London & Paris, and various dates in the USA. More information from Instituto Urbano.
Producer Stephen Hendel writes a letter to President Mahama of Ghana in response to the article featured in Vanguard on 12/4
Video: The Cambridge Youth Dance Program joins FELA! on stage in Boston
Video: Chris Dave’s amazing Fela drum cover
Boston councillor Charles Yancey welcomes FELA! to Boston!
Stream this interview with FELA! producer Questlove on WGCI
Photos: The FELA! Queens have tea in honor of Women’s History Month
Contest: Guess where in Chicago the FELA! van is and win PRIZES!
Guest post by ?uestlove: Music is STILL the weapon
Video + Photos: LA Closing Party featuring the cast of FELA! and Afrobeat Down
Bob Marley & Fela Kuti: Musical giants in a time of revolution, by Vivien Goldman
Video: Ziggy Marley joins the cast of FELA! on stage + Fela Kuti fundraiser sale for URGE
Photos: Ziggy Marley, Taye Diggs + Idina Menzel love FELA!