FELA! The Original Broadway Cast Recording is here!
This phenomenally produced album documents the magic of FELA!, the electrifying new Broadway musical that the New York Times, Time Magazine, Time Out NY and New York Magazine called the “Best of 2009!”
FELA! tells the true story of groundbreaking Nigerian composer and performer, Fela Kuti, whose soulful and stirring Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation. Featuring Fela Kuti’s captivating music, the visionary direction and choreography of Tony-Award winner Bill T. Jones, and arrangements by Aaron Johnson and Antibalas, FELA! is a provocative hybrid of concert, dance and musical theatre, and a triumphant tale of courage, passion and love.
Backed by the irrepressibly funky Antibalas, FELA! The Original Broadway Cast Recording features the incomparable Sahr Ngaujah as Fela, Lilias White as Funmilayo (Fela’s mother), and Saycon Sengbloh as Sandra Izadore (Fela’s American girlfriend) singing all 16 of the Fela compositions that are performed on stage. This recording captures the electricity and joy that thousands have experienced at the Eugene O’Neill Theater every night since the play opened on November 23, 2009, and is not only a document of that experience, but also a musical statement in its own right.
BID (Breaking It Down)
Black President (scene)
I.T.T. (International Thief Thief)
Water No Get Enemy
Trouble Sleep (reprise)
Sorrow, Tears and Blood
Sorrow After Testimonials (scene/interlude)
Dance of the Orisas (Shakara)
Coffin For Head of State
Kere Kay (act II)
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