Adesola Osakalumi, Paulette Ivory Perform a Scene from FELA! (Video)

Posted on April 10, 2012 /Theater


Broadway in Chicago’s production of FELA! closes on April 15th. The musical, directed by Bill T. Jones is a provocative hybrid of dance, theatre and music exploring the extravagant world of Afrobeat legend, Fela Kuti.

FELA! Is a true story of Kuti, who created a type of music, Afrobeat, and mixed these pounding eclectic rhythms with incendiary lyrics that openly attacked the corrupt and oppressive military dictatorships that rule Nigeria and much of Africa. FELA! reveals Kuti’s controversial life as an artist and political activist and celebrates his pioneering music. FELA! won three 2010 Tony Awards for best choreography, best costume design, best sound design and an Astaire Award for Bill T. Jones’ choreography. Olivier and Tony Award-nominated actor Sahr Ngaujah leads the cast of FELA! along with Melanie Marshall, Adesola Osakalumi, and Paulette Ivory.

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(Photo/Video: Tristram Kenton/ABC Chicago)