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Thursday, December 31, 2009

FELA!

After spending the summer and fall of 2009 venturing through the Burroughs of New York City, learning her ins, outs, and eccentricities, I headed back down to Miami with only one lament. I did not have the opportunity to see the provocative hybrid of concert, dance and musical theatre that is FELA!

"FELA!, the new musical produced by Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, is based on the life and music of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. It opened on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on November 23, and critics are raving about this ‘Riveting, Surreal, Hip, Outstandingly Sensuous’ show." – Associated Press

FELA! is Afro-beat, drums, soul, life, breath, movement. The undying spirit of Fela Kuti personified.

“FELA! explores Kuti's controversial life as an artist, political activist and revolutionary musician as well as his pioneering blend of jazz, funk and traditional African rhythms.”

Upon returning to the Magic City, I made it a priority to re-engage with the young patron's group of the Adrienne Arsht Center, known as The Green Room Society.

I am sure that the GRS has had a great influence on the decision to bring some of the more eclectic and youthful shows to the center - Riseup, Alvin Ailey , Saving the Planet with Style, Julian Marley to name a few of the more recent events.

The Arsht Center is the 3rd largest performing arts center in the country and one of the most progressive. I hope they consider responding to the requests of the public by bringing FELA! to captivate the south Florida audience.


Explore the Green Room Society:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=10225871089

Explore the Arsht Center:
http://www.arshtcenter.org/

Explore FELA!:
http://twitter.com/FelaMusical
http://felaonbroadway.com/
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