Original Broadway Cast Recording - Fela! (4 stars)

Original Broadway Cast Recording - Fela!

(Cast Records)

If you can’t get to London’s National Theatre to see the phenomenal show telling the extraordinary life of Afrobeat’s Fela Kuti, look no further than this tremendous recording of the original Broadway show. It evokes Lagos in mid-1970s, Fela’s nightclub The Shrine built in the family compound, and the police attack that killed his mother and took Kuti to torture, prison and then an attempt at the presidency. Sahr Ngaujah makes a convincing Kuti, the man who through music which blended jazz, funk, highlife and traditional African rhythms and provocative lyrics, challenged the corruption of the military rulers of Africa’s most populous country.

"Water No Get Enemy" from FELA! Original Broadway Cast Recording.

FELA!

  • Directed by: Bill T. Jones
  • Written by: Aaron Johnson (music)

A provocative and wholly unique hybrid of dance, theatre and music, FELA! explores the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Using his pioneering music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), FELA! reveals Kuti's controversial life as an artist and political…

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