Honoring Fela

A special production of the FELA! Broadway musical wrapped up in Lagos on April 25th, bringing to a close a celebration of a unique musical pioneer.

Reviews of the show were universally positive. Read some of them here and here. However, the event has raised questions about whether Fela's acclaim abroad was matched here in Nigeria.

Akan Nweke, asks the question in her Bella Naija feature"Eye brows have been raised as to why it is the foreigners who are producing, directing and acting Fela!  Where is Nollywood and the Nigerian music industry in all of this?"

In a recent interview, Yeni Kuti, daughter of Fela, lamented that much of the Afro-beat music is being played outside of Nigeria.

"I wish more people played because one day, we will wake up and it won’t belong to us anymore. When I go to America, they are playing Afrobeat; even in Japan, there are Afrobeat bands. Everybody, except us in Nigeria."

Cassava Republic hopes that a new appreciation for our heritage will be inspired by this tour. Those who were unable to attend its limited tour can still experience some of the flavour of the show by picking up a copy of our title: "Fela, This Bitch of a Life." The biography of Fela by Carlos Moore was one of the sources which helped inspire the show, though how much of the book was used is still surrounded by controversy.

Visit our website at www.cassavarepublic.biz for a list of where to buy our books in Nigeria.


  • Just read and reviewed Fela, this bitch of a life here

    Posted by Nana Fredua-Agyeman on May 03, 2011

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