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Blitz The Ambassador Speaks

Blitz The Ambassador talks about the initial reception of his music (“slow”), the musical Fela! (“it made the people more open and made the people understand the larger context”), his…..

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Fela In The Low Countries

The “Fela! The Musical” craze hasn’t reached the Low Countries (yet), but that doesn’t stop Dutch ZAM Magazine from including in its latest issue some old, but previously unpublished pictures,…..

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The Grammys does Africa

Blogger Bombastic Elements summarizes the African nominees for late February 2011’s Grammy Awards: (Benin) ÕŸÖ – Angelique Kidjo [Razor & Tie Entertainment]: nominee for Best Contemporary World Music Album Vocal or…..

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Music Break

South African artist Lesego Rampolokeng, who grew up in Soweto, performing his “Fela Sermon” live in Barcelona in 2003. (If you want to appreciate the full Rampolokeng, I can recommend…..

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Fela Rolls On

Hot off the heels of Fela! The Musical’s phenomenal 11 Tony Award nominations comes the news (via Deadline New York) that Chiwetel Ejiofor is “formally attached” to play the lead…..

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Trailer: "Distant Relatives"

The new 5 minute trailer for the new Nas-Damian Marley collaboration, “Distant Relatives”–out next month–where they engage with the music of Africa. (I’ve blogged before about some of the leaked…..

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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…..