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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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Interview: ÌFÉ Blends Music & Religion to Honor Those Who Have Died During the Pandemic

Producer and percussionist Otura Mun talks about his latest EP, The Living Dead, and how he traces the influences of West Africa in his new work.

There are bands that open up a spiritual world through their music. ÌFÉ is one example. An electro-futurist band that fuses Afro-Cuban rhythms and Jamaican dancehall with Yoruba mystical voices. With the success of their 2017 debut album "IIII+IIII" (pronounced Eji-Ogbe), ÌFÉ has reached an audience that is looking for Caribbean and contemporary sounds.

The Puerto Rican-based band just released a new EP, The Living Dead- Ashé Bogbo Egun, that aims to heal and honor those who have died during this pandemic. Otura Mun, the band leader, is an African-American producer and percussionist, who began a personal journey about a decade ago, when he landed in San Juan, and decided to move there. He learned Spanish, dug deep into his African ancestry and started to practice the Yoruba-Caribbean religion of Santería.

ÌFÉ, which means "love and expansion" in Yoruba, ties two worlds, music and religion, artistically. This new EP modernized prayer songs to hopefully make them more accessible to a younger generation. OkayAfrica spoke with Otura Mun on his latest work.

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