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Friday, December 17th, 2010

The Immigrant Life

For the final assignment of a class I teach on Media and Africa at The New School I asked students to make short video profiles of African immigrant experiences in New York City. Most, if not all, of the students had never blogged before, nor filmed, much less edited something for public viewing. None of

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Music Break: Fela Kuti’s “Water No Get Enemy”

By the cast of the Broadway musical Fela!. Not bad. Via Knitting Factory Records. — Sean Jacobs

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Representing Fela

Last week The New York Times published an odd piece of writing by one its theater “critics”, Charles Isherwood about the Broadway show “Fela!” about the life of the Afrobeat king.  Isherwood ccused the show of “tilting”...

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Fela Inspiration

This artist was inspired to create after seeing the Broadway musical.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

EVERYBODY WANTS FELA TO SUCCEED (ON BROADWAY)

The New York mainstream press is all over Bill T Jones’ musical “Fela!,” which recently opened in the city.  Everybidy wants the show to succeed in a downmarket. “The New York Times” has done a few pieces–...

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

FELA KUTI IS COMING TO BROADWAY

“Fela!,” the Bill T. Jones musical about the life of the Nigerian Afrobeat king, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, is opening on Broadway on October 19. I had tickets during the show’s short Off-Broadway run last year, but on...