Friday, May 7, 2010

Big Fela

For my first Broadway show, I made a point to check out FELA! The musical about the life of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, a pioneer of Afrobeat music and activist who brought the suffering and injustice of 1970's Nigeria to mainstream media.  Already nominated for 11 Tony Awards, I knew this musical had to be good based on Fela's compelling life story and spectacular music of his group, which got the audience moving about in their seats the whole show. If you want some good rump-shakin' politically charged funk (think James Brown meets-Hugh Masekela and Public Enemy), check out some of his singles, such as Army Arrangement.

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