The First Ever Afrobeats Musical – “Oliva Tweest” premiers in London’s West End Monday April 15 2013


Who would have guessed how influential D’Banj‘s “Oliver Twist” single was in the UK? The single which climbed UK charts, despite its new genre over there, is now the inspiration for the first ever Afrobeats Musical, showing Live in “England’s Broadway”, The West End.

Slated to take place on April 15 2013, at the Lyric Theatre (home of Thriller: The Musical), “Oliva Tweest” is the very first play of its kind to feature in London’s West End and will feature some of the most popular faces in the burgeoning UK Afrobeats scene. The Musical, presented by The Marimba Project, will also feature special guest cameo appearances from award-winning comedians Eddie Kadi and A Dot Comedian.

The Synopsis

“The story, which is based on D’Banj’s 2012 HIT single “Oliver Twist”, is set in present day London and is about a promiscuous young man (Tobi) whose past comes back to haunt him when he meets a girl (Testimony) that will change his life forever. Combined with excellent comedic performances, notably from Dorcas Fapson as Tobi’s mother (Aunty Funke) and her lover, Pastor (Bayodele), great imagery, captivating choreography and resounding vocals are all on show throughout this production, driven by a fresh and exciting cast of some of the best new and emerging theatre professionals of 2013.”

It looks like it’s going to be quite a show as the Marimba Project has been working tirelessly since August 2012 to make this happen.

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Source: WePlugGoodMusic

11 Comments on The First Ever Afrobeats Musical – “Oliva Tweest” premiers in London’s West End Monday April 15 2013
  • Concerned_Boyfriend April 4, 2013 at 8:23 pm


  • Godslove22 April 4, 2013 at 8:25 pm


  • PAT April 4, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    This is Nice, shows how influential the song is. Happy for him. But “Oliva Tweest” Lol

  • Sylvia April 4, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Wow, looking forward to it…

  • Mz Socially Awkward…. April 4, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Chai, why do I live so bloody up north? 🙁 As in, even if na Edinburg, na, make una dey try bring some of these Naija entertainment sturvs dey come find una people in other cities….

    ….Even my fantasy boo, Chinwetel Ejiofor, will be in the “Congo” stage play that I can’t go down to see in July *wails* Chinwetel Baby, call me! This omalicha tomato has some good plans to complete your world!!

  • Unknown April 4, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    nice one,I am happy I am in UK,I can see it..

  • manuelz April 5, 2013 at 7:10 am

    D’banj is a big boss!!!!!!!! He also got mentioned in US on Daytime tv..Eja nla!!!!

  • oluwayomi emmanuel April 5, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    d banj is a legend!

  • ibaf April 6, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Splendid !! Can u bring d show to Lagos ? Give more publicity in u.k. and Nigeria. Talk to glo or mtn to power d show in nigeria. Are u touring U.K. cities with it ?

  • abc April 20, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    All glory to God who has made is possible to use D’BANJ – Dapo OYEBANJO
    to make “PEOPLE” realise how we perceive things in life. Always to aim higher for better things in our capability. Well done to MARIMBA PROJECT for debuting the song in another platform. More grease to D’BANJ “SWAG” elbow. Keeping on rocking and shining for AFRICA and taking NIGERIA to another level.

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