FELA!

FELA! musical (Off broadway) came to town…OMG, when I found out, I nearly passed out in sheer ecstasy! You see, I have been wanting to see this musical since 2009, so I just wasn’t gonna miss it for the world, myself, or any other human  or thing.

The Musical is on the life of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, A Nigerian multi instrumentalist musician, Afrobeat pioneer, and a Human rights activist. Most of the scenes take place at Fela’s club, a place he called the “The Shrine”

Fela represents Naija, my beloved country….I wish he was still alive, I would have paid him a visit at the shrine and hopefully get to talk to him about his Yoruba culture, his view on spirituality, Naija, and finally MUSIC…maybe i can do that with one of his sons 🙂

It’s kinda weird that everything Fela predicted about Nigeria is actually happening right now 😦

As a Matter of opinion, I consider Fela, Africa‘s greatest musician because of his message and his love for Africa, especially  his country Nigeria. I love his music, his passion, and his courage against the corrupt government of Nigeria which earned him many a nights in jail.

 



Paulette Ivory and Sahr Ngaujah star in the national touring company of  Fela!,  the musical based on the life of pioneering Afrobeat musician and political activist Fela Kuti. Society for the Performing Arts presents the show June 5-10 at Jones Hall. Photo: Tristram Kento / HC

a scene from s the national touring company of  Fela!,  the musical based on the life of pioneering Afrobeat musician and political activist Fela Kuti. Society for the Performing Arts presents the show June 5-10 at Jones Hall. Photo: Tristram Kento / HC

Fela’s Queens

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The show was riveting, captivating. The cast invited us  to participate…we danced, laughed and cried along with the cast….at least i did. I would never forget this experience,it was  simply amazing.

Honestly, I don’t think my review would be able to capture the essence of the show..so i will leave it up to the critics and experts.

RIP Fela… our very own black president!

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Author: dudubeauty

God, Family,Fashion for less, thrift shopper, Nigerian, fun, laughter, Love, conflicted, inspiring.

20 thoughts on “FELA!”

  1. Of everything you said all I came to say is- G your hair is so freaking Long!!! Its like those girls we used to watch on youtube. Secondly you look mad fit aka skinny. Looking Good ms, looking good 🙂

  2. Grace- after all you said, all i can comment on is sooo much your hair is and how cute you look 🙂 Ehen ? Your hair looks like those girls we used ot watch on youtube! mehnnn good look. And you look so small aka skinny. heheeh you are looking fine

  3. Umm okay, YOU’RE my hair crush! Wow, such gorgeosity. lol I saw Fela for my bday last year, and it was ah-ma-zing! Like really. I was shimmying in my seat lol.

  4. Great and inspiring reading your post and your connection with Fela Kuti. I remember seeing the posters for the musical all the time in London underground stations but I never actually went to see the musical. Now after knowing your point of view I really regret I haven’t seen it. I doubt it will be playing in Austria anytime soon – but you never know…

    1. Thanks! Fela’s music means a lot to me….The musical is one of a kind, very different from the norm…They are having a world wide tour, so maybe they might be in Austria soon because i never expected to see them in Texas…So, like you rightfully said, you never know…

  5. It’s definitely a must see musical. I always appreciate when foreigners celebrate our culture through theatre. Leaning to act, think and speak Yoruba or Pidgin (a bit funny but good efforts).
    After seeing a Wole Soyinka play in London and Fela in NY, I felt so saddened that my people do not cover most of the stage. Reading the cast leaflets, about 90% or more were Non Naija. However, I always walked out proud knowing that the world does see some great things about our fight and struggles. Fela was the greatest and his memory lives forever!

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