Events

FELA! Comes Back To Broadway For A Limited Return Engagement


Photo by Tristram Kenton

The Tony-winning musical that knocked the world on its ass when it debuted in 2008--and then rehabilitated its ass with the funkiest kind of physical therapy--is returning to Broadway for a limited time only. The World Tour production of  FELA!--combines members of the original Broadway and National Theatre of London casts into some kind of superhuman all-star Afrobeat dream team and, crucially Sahr Ngaujah (pictured above) reprises his unforgettable lead performance as Fela Kuti. So, if for some reason you f*cked up the 1st time out, you have been granted a reprieve and we recommend you DEFinitely do not miss it this time. The return engagement kicks off on July 9th and continues through a very short run ending August 4th. That is less than 1 month--32 performances total--and 32 X the # of seats in the theater divided by the # of people who urgently need to see this joint = Get Tix Now (And to get a break on the price, use this special Okayplayer/Okayafrica code: FEDGM77. You're now down with a discount.)

Please believe we are not just saying this because ?uestlove is an above-the-line producer of the show--FELA! has played to critical acclaim around the globe. If you don't want to take our word for it, take  Time Out's (“More than a musical. It's an ecstatic phenomenon!” ) or WGBH Boston's ("FELA! is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!"). Find full event details after the jump.

Fela!

Al Hirschfeld Theatre

302 West 45th Street (Between 8th and 9th Avenues)

New York NY 10036

 

Music
Image: Nabsolute Media

Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.