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Destiny's Child Michelle Williams Joins FELA!

Former member of Destiny's Child Michelle Williams joins cast of FELA! Opening in Washington, DC January 29th.


It's clear that Beyonce isn't the only Destiny's Child member that will be engaging with the legacy of Fela Kuti. Former member of Destiny's Child Michelle Williams will join the cast of FELA! showing in Washington, DC later this month and touring the U.S. throughout the rest of the year. FELA! has been on stage since the summer of 2008, starting with an off-Broadway stint that developed into a full fledged broadway show and subsequent worldwide tour from London to Amsterdam to Lagos.

Over the past decade Williams has acquired reputable experience both in front and off the screen and on Broadway. With previous roles in The Color Purple, Chicago and Aida, we have a feeling the audience will definitely enjoy her strong gospel voice on stage. In case you need another reason to see the show check out ?uesto’s endorsement and his impassioned diatribe. Check out the website for tickets!

2013 FELA! NATIONAL TOUR DATES AND CITIES

Washington, DC//Shakespeare Theatre Company//January 29-February 10

Detroit, MI//Music Hall//February 12-17

Chicago, IL//Arie Crown Theater//February 19-23 (6 Performances)

Charlotte, NC//Blumenthal Performing Arts//February 25 – 26

Atlanta, GA//Fox Theater//February 28 – March 3 (6 Performances)

Schenectady, NY//Proctors Theater//March 8-9

Nashville, TN//More details to come//March 12-14

Memphis, TN//More details to come//March 15-17

Miami, FL//Adrienne Arsht Center//March 19-24 (8 Performances)

Cleveland, OH//Palace Theater//April 2-4

Tuscon, AZ//UA Centennial Hall//April 12-13

Tempe, AZ//Gammage//April 23-24

Los Angeles, CA//Ahmanson Theatre//April 25-May 5

Dallas, TX//Winspear Opera House//May 7 – 19

Seattle, WA//The Paramount Theater//May 28 – June 2 (8 Performances)

Oakland, CA//More details to come//June 5-9

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What to Watch at Home During Coronavirus Shutdown: ARRAY's New Digital African Film Series

The film platform, from director Ava DuVernay, is hosting a weekly movie-viewing experience for the "global online community of cinephiles."

If you're looking for African films to dive into while at home during the coronavirus outbreak, a new digital series from award-winning director Ava DuVernay's film collective ARRAY is a great place to start. The multi-media platform and arts collective is launching its #ARRAYMatinee series, and each film will be available for viewing here.

#ARRAYMatinee is a virtual movie-viewing experience that will screen a string of the collective's previously released independent films from Africa and the diaspora. The weekly series begins on Wednesday, April 1 with a viewing of the 2015 South African coming-of-age film Ayanda. "Viewers will take a cinematic journey to the international destinations and cultures featured in five films that were released via the ARRAY Releasing independent film distribution collective that amplifies that work of emerging filmmakers of color and women of all kinds," says the platform in a press release. To promote a communal viewing experience, viewers are also encouraged to have discussions on Twitter, using the hashtag #ARRAYMatinee.

The five-part series will run weekly until May 13, and also includes films from Liberia, Ghana, and Grenada. See the full viewing schedule below with descriptions from ARRAY, and visit ARRAY's site at the allotted times to watch.

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Davido, Peruzzi, Dremo and The Flowolf Team Up for New Track 'Mafa Mafa'

Check out a new one from Davido's label DMW.

Now is a better time than ever to take in new music, and thankfully, some of our favorite artists have been delivering.

Nigerian stars Davido, Peruzzi, Dremo and The Flowolf inked up for the new collaborative track "Mafa Mafa," under Davido's record label DMW, which launched back in 2018. The song features mostly rapping as the artists trade verses back and forth in Yoruba. "Mafa" is a Yoruba saying that loosely translates to "don't pull it."

Davido originally teased the song with a short dance video shared last week.

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Watch Cameroonian Drag Artist Bebe Zahara Benet's New Music Video for 'Banjo'

Video Premiere: Bebe Zahara Benet releases the colourful visuals for her latest single 'Banjo' ahead of her upcoming EP 'Broken English'.

Cameroonian drag artist Bebe Zahara Benet has just released the colourful visuals to her latest single 'Banjo'.

The single, which features on her upcoming Broken English EP, is the follow-up to several EPs she's released in the past including Face and Kisses & Feathers as well as a number of singles including "Fun Tonite", "Get Fierce (Lose Yourself)" and "Starting a Fire".

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8 South African Albums & EPs to Stream While Staying Home

Let these South African releases from Bongeziwe Mabandla, Shabaka and the Ancestors, King Monada and others hold you down during lockdown.

This month saw a number of releases from South African artists. While the COVID-19 pandemic has taken money away from a majority of artists, this could be the best time for listeners to go through the new music that was released.

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