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A Letter from Maija & Ashe-O

It’s been quite a journey, these last 7 years… I remember making that infamous Zombie phrase in a friend’s apartment the night before the first audition. I recall convincing the producer to put an exclamation point at the end of Fela’s name so that people might pronounce it right. In reflection I see brilliant flashes all of the amazing artists whose sweat blood and prowess made this show what it is; the famous yellow fever solos and less than glorious disasters transgressed by the will of a story to be told, an urgent energy to be released- on multiple continents. Now I watch from afar as this tour comes to a close, in Oakland of all places where I was first initiated into African & … Continue reading

Prêt-À-Poundo: Top 10 Style Guide and Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Video

Prêt-À-Poundo – by former Fela dancer – Poundo Gomis! Check out the Top 10 Style Guide shots an exclusive behind-the-scenes video, shot by Herman Jean-Noel (of Neglakay Productions) and edited by Rae Maxwell, in which you’ll discover the two first editorials featuring the entire team. Read More

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Prêt-À-Poundo: Style Guide – The Dapper Real Live Show

In this Style Guide, you’ll see gorgeous Rae Maxwell photographs of our models Stimulus and Malik Work, from New York band The Real Live Show, wearing The Roots Studio Tee and our Africa Cuts Tees from the stunning Okayplayer/Okayafrica tee-shirt collection. From Prêt-À-Poundo, who deliberately strays from mainstream fashion, you’ll discover creative and inventive designers who’ll make Al Malonga stylism remain unique and fresh. – See more at: http://www.okayafrica.com/2013/05/13/fashion-trends-okayplayer-tshirt-real-live-show-pret-a-poundo/#slide1

Video: Beyoncé Is A(n African) Grown Woman

Beyoncé recently released a Timbaland-produced full studio version of “Grown Woman.” While we suspected from the afrobeat percussion on the track and chanting courtesy of Ismael “Bonfils” Kouyaté of Guinea (currently on the Fela! tour), that the next reinvention of Beyoncé might have African soul; we now have visual confirmation of an “Africanization of Beyoncé” with this performance at the Chime For Change benefit concert to support women’s rights. Featured wearing a headwrap in the video’s psychedelic visuals is former Fela! dancer and founder/director of Art Saves Lives, Nicole De Weever. Watch Beyoncé’s tribute to Africa on her June 1st performance of “Grown Woman” http://www.okayafrica.com/2013/06/03/beyonce-african-grown-woman/

Prêt-À-Poundo: Style Guide — Rock Your Punk Fela Tee

Punk has always connected music and fashion. Though the punk aesthetic was first a state of mind, through designers like Vivienne Westwood it quickly became a popular fashion. The punk movement originated from the frustration and loss experienced by adolescents in the modern metropolises of New York and London. We remember it as a rejection of prettiness that borrowed strong, anti-establishment symbols from diverse sociopolitical movements and took youth culture by storm. Fela Kuti always called for youth and the general public to wake up and influence change in his native Nigeria. In this way, we compare the scope and magnitude of both Fela and punk to each other. Don’t get us wrong, it’s not the same kind of battle or the same kind of commitment — but both … Continue reading

Video: Meshell Ndegeocello Talks About Fela Kuti on STGtv

Welcome to STGtv! Find out more at http://stgpresents.org/stgtv. In this brief episode of STGtv, we visited with Grammy-nominated musician Meshell Ndegeocello. She led STG’s 2013 More Music program as artistic director and took time out to chat with local artists & NARAS members while she was in town. The 10x Grammy-nominated artist spoke about music, passion, artistic direction, and musical influences, including Fela Kuti. See FELA! The Musical (based on the life and music of Fela Kuti) live on stage at The Paramount Theatre in Seattle May 28 – June 2, 2013. Learn more & get your tickets here: http://www.stgpresents.org/tickets/by-month/eventdetail/248/-/fela

Fela! Flash Mob (Seattle, WA)

When the musical Fela! hit Broadway, the Tonys responded with 11 nominations and 4 Tonys. Now Fela! is coming to Seattle, and we’re taking up the Afrobeat Music and moves with a former Fela! cast member. ONE DAY FOR PRACTICE AND MOB. REHEARSAL & MOB – MONDAY 5/27 10am-noon Cal Anderson Park (1635 11th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122) 1pm – MOB (somewhere downtown Seattle) The moves will be super simple. If you get a chance, join us starting on May 28 for the one week run. Some tickets are less than $20 with our 20% off code – MOBLOVE20. Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/467299893345897

Gelan Lambert personally invited to Miami by Mayor Andre D. Pierre!

We could not be prouder of Gelan Lambert! He has been personally invited down to Miami by the Mayor of Miami – Andre D. Pierre in honor of Haitian Heritage Month on Thursday, May 23, 2013!

Sahr Ngaujah won a Norton Award for ‘Outstanding Musical Performance.’

“The award for outstanding musical performance by an actor went to Sahr Ngaujah in the touring production of the Broadway hit “Fela!,” which played at the Cutler Majestic Theatre, and whose producers included Jay-Z, Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith.” Read More over at The Boston Globe

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