Fela Becomes FELA!

by Hayden Childs

I’m not one to keep up with the brights lights of Broadway, so I was surprised to learn on Monday’s Colbert Report that Bill T. Jones and the astonishing band Antibalas have launched a Broadway production based on the life of Fela Kuti.  If you’re unfamiliar with him, Fela was a Nigerian musician and political activist who invented the musical genre Afrobeat, a fusion of American jazz, rock, and, more than anything else, funk with the jazzy Western African music called highlife.

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