Lagos@50: Fela reawakens on stage
Lagosians and Afrobeat music enthusiasts from all over the world will step into unforgettable nights of dance and music by the late Afrobeat maestro, Fela Kuti from April 13 to 15.
The event which is tagged,, ‘Fela! The Concert’, berths in Lagos, the Easter weekend at the Eko Convention Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Conceived by iconic Bill T. Jones and using his pioneering music, a blend of jazz, funk, African rhythm and harmonies, the musical explores Fela’s controversial life as an artist, a political activist and revolutionary musician. Featuring many of Fela Kuti’s most captivating songs and imaginative staging, the show is a provocative hybrid of concert, dance and musical theatre unlike the last edition in April, 2011.
As the pioneering forefather of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti’s musical legacy is as influential as the story of his extraordinary life. In a chaotic world burdened with non-stop reformation, many look to music as a means of escaping the problems of the world. Fela did the opposite. His music was borne of humanity and an overriding quest to influence the tide of the tempests tormenting civilisation.
‘Fela! The Concert,’ which stars cast members of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical welcome music lovers and audiences into the extravagant and rebellious world of the Afrobeat legend.