Afrobeat, the hypnotic Nigerian funk style invented by Femi Kuti’s late father Fela Anikulapo Kuti, is poised for world domination now that the Broadway musical FELA! is casting a kinetic spell over theatergoers. With his high-powered ensemble The Positive Force, Femi updates the classic Afrobeat sound with contemporary beats and lyrics that continue the tradition of speaking truth to power while aiming grooves directly to the pelvis.
Afrobeat Lesson: Maija Garcia (associate choreographer of FELA!) teaches choreography from the musical
DJ: Rich Medina with Sahr Ngaujah
62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam
Monday, July 12, 2010 at 6:30
Dance Lesson at 6:30, Live Music at 7:30
Can’t make it? Check out more Femi Kuti tour dates after the jump…Read more / Post a comment
Stop by the Borders in the Shops at Columbus Circle on Friday, June 18th at 5pm to celebrate the release of the Fela! (The Original Broadway Cast Recording). The cast will be performing hits from the musical and signing copies of the new album.
Where: Borders (10 Columbus Circle)
When: Friday, June 18th
What time: 5pm
Come to the Knitting Factory Brooklyn on Sunday, June 13th to watch the Tony Awards! With 11 nominations for Fela!, there’s plenty to celebrate. The party will run from 7pm-2am, featuring music from the Fela Un-dustrial Complex DJ’s, Fela face-painting, and drink specials for every Fela! win. Everybody say YEAH YEAH!!Read more / Post a comment
The New York Times’ Ben Brantley exclaims: “There should be dancing in the streets. When you leave the Eugene O’Neill Theater after a performance of “Fela!,” it comes as a shock that the people on the sidewalks are merely walking. Why aren’t they gyrating, swaying, vibrating, in thrall to the force field that you have been living in so ecstatically for the past couple of hours?” This incredible review of the musical sums up the experience.Read more / Post a comment