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FELA! Announces U.S. Tour and Felabration Party in DC


FELA! on Broadway has left Broadway. This isn't to say that the 11-time Tony Award-nominated musical about the life and times of the father of Afrobeat has exhausted its run -- Felaonbroadway.com recently unveiled a bunch of North American tour dates (including Atlanta, New Haven, and Toronto, to name a few), beginning with its current run at Washington, D.C.'s Sidney Harman Hall. Though the FELA! run in D.C. is coming to a close on October 9th, there's a silver lining -- a really silver lining. An official FELA! closing party takes place on Sunday 10/9 at LIV on 11th St. in DC. with giveaways and an appearance by the FELA! band (including members of Antibalas). Other Fela-centric parties are cropping up all over the globe, including the US, UK, Brazil, Spain, France, and The Netherlands. Read more about these FELABRATIONS in the FELA! Musical blog. If you didn't catch the show when it was on Broadway, now's the time to purchase some tickets and get going. Chances are, it's headed to your hood.

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#EndSARS: Security Forces Open Deadly Fire on Protesting Nigerians

Nigerian security forces have reportedly opened fire on protesters at Lekki Toll Gate amid continued demonstrations against police brutality. This comes after the Nigerian government recently enforced an abrupt curfew in Lagos.

It has been reported that security forces in Nigeria have opened fire on protestors at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos. Several reports from various media outlets have confirmed this incident after numerous images and videos emerged on social media. The footage reveals protesters running away from security forces as they fire live rounds into the crowds while others have been shown to be injured. No fatalities have as yet been officially confirmed by mainstream media. Protesters have continued mass demonstrations against the infamous Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) which has been now been "rebranded" by the Nigerian government to a new unit termed the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT).

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How Davido's 'FEM' Became the Unlikely #EndSARS Protest Anthem

When Nigerian youth shout the line "Why everybody come dey para, para, para, para for me" at protests, it is an act of collective rebellion and rage, giving flight to our anger against the police officers that profile young people, the bureaucracy that enables them, and a government that appears lethargic.