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Audio Adaptation of Broadway Musical ‘FELA!’ to Debut on Clubhouse

Fela Ten Twenty, an audio adaptation of the popular Broadway show 'FELA!' depicting Fela Kuti's life and music, will premiere on Clubhouse in May.

An audio adaptation of the popular Broadway musical FELA!, nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 2010, will premiere on Saturday, May 15, and Sunday, May 16 on the popular drop-in audio chart platform Clubhouse — popular in Nigeria.

The adaptation, titled Fela Ten Twenty, was written and directed by filmmaker Funa Maduka. "Fela's music, the foundation for Afrobeat, demanded global engagement with African political thought," Maduka explains in a statement. "In the aftermath of the October 2020 #EndSars protests against police brutality, his message still achingly resounds. This production is a love letter to those fighting for a better Nigeria."

FELA! is a musical based on Fela Kuti's music and lyrics. It mostly focuses on the life events of the father of Afrobeat and portrays him during the days when he was the target of 1,000 government soldiers assigned to end his performances at the legendary Lagos nightclub The Shrine.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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