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…Tagged ade chike torbert, ahmanson theatre, broadway, fela, fela kuti, how stella got her groove back, rent, taye diggs, ziggy marley |
Monthly Archives: January 2012
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 felamusicalTagged afrobeat, BBC, BBC Radio 4, documentary, fela, fela kuti, James Hale, nigeria, the shrine |
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 readingTagged aljazeera, chinua achebe, fela kuti, fuel subsidy, goodyear jonathan, nigeria, occupy nigeria, omoyele sowore, sahara reporters, seun kuti, the stream, zombie |
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.Tagged afrobeat, ahmanson theatre, amoeba records, fela, fela kuti, hollywood, los angeles |
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 readingTagged fela, fela kuti, kalakuta, lagos, obituary, rikki stein, the shrine |
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!Tagged afrobeat, elbo room, fela kuti, la, los angeles, musical, sahr ngaujah, san francisco, the fela band, the troubadour, troubadour |
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.Tagged ahmanson theatre, brian vargas, detroit, dylan fusillo, fela, fela kuti, los angeles, mos def, smokey robinson, stevie wonder, talib kweli, yoshi takemasa |
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!