AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Fela! on Broadway

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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Can documentary film as a genre do justice to the astounding life of Fela Kuti?

Documentary films truncate an entire life into fleeting bursts of exuberance and somber moments. Any moments that exist in between, however significant they are, are left out completely or brushed over. In making a documentary, on any subject, the director carves a narrative. And at times, the narrative carves itself. The decision then to make a documentary...

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

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Fela Kuti works for Lebron James. I can only imagine what Fela would have said (or sung) about the real Miami, like Overtown or Liberty City.

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Fela Can’t Dance

I am not sure what to make of this. Bill T Jones (creator of the musical “Fela!,” currently playing on Broadway) recently choreographed “Zombie” (a song about military repression) for Canada’s version of “So You Think You...

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Everybody Say “Yeah Yeah!”

Some of us will be a bit preoccupied with, you know, the biggest event in the world this weekend so it’s only natural that this Sunday will come and go without our tuning in to watch the...

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Fela! wins on Broadway

Bill T Jones’ “Fela!,” the musical interpretation of the life of the Afrobeat king, is up for 11 Tony Awards–the most of any show this year–including Best Musical.  I haven’t seen any of the other shows up...

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