(Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

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.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox


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.