Film
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'One Day Go Be One Day' Is an Experiential Look Beyond the Fela Kuti We Know

Directed by Akinola Davies Jr, this short film gives Fela's family the room to tell his complex truth.

This short film brought to you by Dazed, NTS and Carhartt WIP is a much-needed chronicling of Fela Kuti beyond the surfaced superstardom the world has imposed on him.

Directed by Akinola Davies Jr, One Day Go Be One Day fuses the voices of his sons Femi and Seun Kuti, his album cover artist Lemi Ghariokwu, spoken word and music by Nigerian musician Obongjayar and artistic reenaactments to expound on his life between 1977 and 1981, as well as how the death of Fela's mother—Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti—impacted his life.

"The death of his mum too really broke him," Ghariokwu says in the film.

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Events
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A Fresh Fela Kuti x Carhartt WIP Pop-Up Is Coming to Okay Space

For one day only, shop the new Fela Kuti x Carhartt WIP collection and check out the New York premiere of "One Day Go Be One Day."

All roads lead to Brooklyn for a pop-up experience you can't miss.

The new Fela Kuti x Carhartt WIP collection pop up is coming to Okay Space for one day only on Thursday, April 4, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.—with sounds by DJ Buka.

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Renowned Nigerian Musical 'Fela and the Kalakuta Queens,' Is Heading to South Africa

The musical, which highlights the lives of Fela Kuti's 27 wives, will make its debut at the South African State Theatre next month.

Bolanle Austen-Peter's unique retelling of the story of Fela Kuti and the 27 women he married in a single ceremony in 1978, known as the Kalakuta Queens, is set to make its debut in South Africa next month.

The acclaimed musical, which first opened at Lago's Terra Kulture Arts and Culture Center in December 2017, will be showing at the South African State Theatre—known as the largest theatre complex in Africa. The play's 36 member cast will be led by Laitan "Heavywind" Adeniji and Patrick Diabuah who both portray Fela in the play. They'll be backed by a fifteen-piece band.

Aside from being an exploration of the life of the storied Nigerian musician, Fela Kuti and the Kalakuta Queens also focuses on the life and contributions of the women who played a major role in his musical rise and "gives a unique insight into the negotiation of gender and power relations at the Kalakuta Republic, while also showcasing their unique fashion, dance and African identity, and unmasking common misconceptions about them," according to a statement shared in Broadway World. The showing of the play in South Africa is in line with the State Theatre's Pan-African mission.

READ: Take an Exclusive Look Inside "Fela Kuti and the Kalakuta Queens" the Musical

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