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Fela! Comes to Broadway




It’s Friday evening in New York,  and the city begins to flood with tourists. A group of young African American males are break-dancing in Penn Station to Shakara by Fela, much to my surprise. While many of us Nigerians grew up listening to the King of Afrobeat, it is interesting to see how many people have been touched by Fela‘s music all over the world. While the great man is no longer alive, his music is still lives on. Thanks to a musical show coming to Broadway, a new generation will get to experience the sounds of Fela and learn about the struggles of Nigerians during military rule.

Fela! Cast

Fela! Cast

It was recently announced that Fela!, produced by legendary artistic director and choreographer Bill T. Jones, will be coming to Broadway in October. The show had an initial successful off-Broadway run last Fall and won a New York Magazine Award for Best Theater. It has also been reported that Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Jay-Z, and possibly Will Smith and Denzel Washington will be investing in the $11 million production.

Sahr Ngaujah

Sahr Ngaujah

Sierra Leonian Sahr Ngaujah will continue the role of Fela with a cast from all over the world. Performances begin October 19 2009 and tickets will be on sale soon. BN will definitely review the show but in the meantime, here’s the video promo for the musical.



  1. Lola

    August 3, 2009 at 7:30 am

    I saw this show off-broadway last summer in NY. It was off the chain. Go see it.

  2. Jude Isioma N

    August 3, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Abami eda! The Kalakuta President lives on!!

  3. istidele

    August 3, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    na were Seun and Femi dey o

  4. BiafranPrincess

    August 3, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Abami Eda lives on! This is definitely on my ‘must see’ list. One of the most creative souls to ever come out of Africa…….way ahead of his time.

  5. Bola

    August 3, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    wow, really wish i could see this. Fela’s lyrics always make me smile or think … genius!

  6. Kpakpando Nwanyi

    August 3, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    So looking forward to October, I’m taking at least my father to see this.

  7. Shanice

    August 3, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    I would love to see this – Why is it not in the UK!

  8. Olisaemeka Echeazu

    August 4, 2009 at 3:34 am

    I can’t wait to see this

  9. 9jakuti

    August 5, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    the show was worth every last penny of the money i paid to see it last fall. now that its on broadway itself. i’m looking forward to an even better show.

  10. africhika

    August 8, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    i’m going to see this! thanksgiving weekend…i can’t wait. they shoulda had seun or femi kuti (with positive force band) do a cameo or something!

  11. Debola

    August 19, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Hope they bring it to Nigeria…………I am a huge fan.

  12. JJ

    January 5, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    This show sounds totally off the hook !!
    So when is it coming to the UK?
    Defo worth taking a show like this on a world tour.

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