Monday, April 25, 2011

Fela On Broadway Premieres in Lagos

The hit Broadway musical about the life and music of Nigerian legendary performer and political activist, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, which has witnessed sold out shows and won awards and international accolades, premieres tonight in Lagos, making it the first Broadway show to be performed in sub-Saharan Africa

The screening was held exclusively for journalists last night to a resounding ovation at Eko Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Fela, the Landmark Broadway musical, which won three Awards (Broadway' highest honour), including Best Choreography (Bill T. Jones), arrived with its crew and cast a fortnight ago in readiness for the debut performance which began yesterday through April 21 at the prestigious Eko Hotel's New Expo Centre Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

MTV Base is to put its musical muscle and dedicated fan base behind Fela, the award-winning tale of courage, passion and love that pays tribute to inspirational Nigerian music legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

The triumphant story, featuring Fela Kuti's captivating music and the visionary direction and choreography of Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones, comes to Lagos' New Expo Centre from April 20-25, 2011.

Fela had been a huge Broadway and West End hit. Produced by Jay Z, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Fela tells the true story of the star whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation. Inspired by his mother, a civil rights champion, Fela devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom and human dignity.

Commented Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, MTV Networks Africa: "Fela was a true legend of African music who was also recognised in the Legend category at the 2008 MTV Africa Music Awards. MTV Base is very proud to be associated with the home-coming of Fela "

MTV Base will be promoting Fela extensively on its broadcast and social media platforms, encouraging fans to go and witness the musical spectacle, which features the original Broadway cast, including Sahr Ngaujah as Fela and Lillias White as his mother, Funmilayo.


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