Fela!

His story inspired a nation. His music inspires the world. FELA! tells the true story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation.



Motivated by his mother, a civil rights champion, he defied a corrupt and oppressive military government and devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom and human dignity.



FELA! is a triumphant tale of courage, passion and love, featuring Fela Kuti's captivating music and the visionary direction and choreography of Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones.



EVERYBODY SAY YEAH YEAH!

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by TV News Desk - Sep 6, 2019
World Circuit Records is reissuing four of its cornerstone albums. Remastered and available on vinyl for the first time, Ali Farka Touré's Savane and Omara Portuondo's Buena Vista Social Club Presents are on LP and digital formats today, followed by Radio Tarifa's Rumba Argelina and Guillermo Portabales' El Carretero, which are due on CD, LP and digital formats on October 4.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2019
Westport Country Playhouse will stage the powerful, theatrical fable, a?oeMlima's Tale,a?? written by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage and directed by Playhouse artistic director Mark Lamos, from October 1 a?" 19.  This is the first production of the play since its world premiere Off-Broadway last year.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2019
Berkshire Theatre Group is thrilled to present Kung Fu with special guest Shokazoba at The Colonial Theatre on Thursday, September 26 at 8pm. Tickets are $25, with general admission in the Orchestra for dancing and reserved seating in the Mezzanine.
by TV News Desk - Sep 3, 2019
Vevo announces Burna Boy as the next artist in their new Ctrl series with performances of 'Anybody' & 'Collateral Damage' premiering today. 
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2019
New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) presents the New York Premiere of NYTW Usual Suspect Mfoniso Udofia's runboyrun, directed by Loretta Greco (The Story), and In Old Age, directed by Awoye Timpo (Good Grief). The two plays will be performed together as one evening of work. These two new chapters of Udofia's sweeping, nine-part saga, The Ufot Cycle, build on the 2017 productions of Sojourners and Her Portmanteau, celebrating the tenacious matriarch of a Nigerian family. 
by Taylor Clemons - Sep 16, 2019
The Cabaret is continuing its 10th year of music and merriment with a diverse selection of highly acclaimed artists.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2019
The Moulin Rouge! The Musical Original Broadway Cast Recording, produced by Grammy- nominated Baz Luhrmann, Justin Levine, Matt Stine and Alex Timbers, debuted #1 on Billboard's Cast Albums Chart.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2019
Director Joel Grey and stars from the critically-acclaimed, award-winning and groundbreaking production of a?oeFiddler on the Roof in Yiddisha?? will celebrate the success of their original cast recording at Barnes & Noble (150 East 86th Street) in New York City at 3:30pm on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. 
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2019
Westport Country Playhouse stages the powerful, theatrical fable, “Mlima's Tale,” written by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage and directed by Playhouse artistic director Mark Lamos, from October 1 – 19.
by TV News Desk - Oct 30, 2019
“Flip Mode” is the second-single from Sefi Zisling's sophomore album Expanse – out Nov 22 via Tru Thoughts. Inspired by Sun Ra's use of abstract melodies on the jazz-fusion classic Lanquidity – “Flip Mode” embraces the free-funk, creating a distinctive groove that allows the track to stand out from the rest of the record. 
by TV News Desk - Oct 30, 2019
Patrick McGee, aka Acidhead, has arrived with his debut single titled 'Throw Away The Time.' It's the lead track from his forthcoming debut project, Distractions, dropping November 15th via Veriditas Recordings. The track was entirely produced and arranged by Acidhead with 80's synths and drums inspired by Late Registration-era Kanye.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2019
The blockbuster Broadway hit, Moulin Rouge, will be heading to the West End in 2021!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2019
The South African State Theatre has announced that Mzansi's revered musicians: Zonke, Thandiswa Mazwai, Caiphus Semenya, Samthing Soweto and Ringo Madlingozi will headline the 12th Annual Mzansi Fela Festival, which will run from 01 to 22 December 2019 at the biggest theatre complex in Africa, the State Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2019
Berkshire Theatre Group is thrilled to present Shokazoba on November 2 at 8pm at the Music Garage, and Jared Goldstein on November 14 at 7:30pm at the Comedy Garage. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at-the-door to The Equalites; and $5 to Gus Constantellis.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2019
THE GREEN ROOM 42 will welcome back Tony Award winner Lillias White in a special new holiday concert a?oeA Lillias White Christmasa?? for three performances this season. The shows will take place on Friday, December 13 at 7:00 PM; Saturday, December 14 at 7:00 PM; and Sunday, December 15 at 9:30 PM.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2019
From South African villages to the suburbs of Lagos, world-class contemporary dancers and singers are bringing African inspired performances to Brighton this October and November.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2019
New York Theatre Workshop announced today that Screen Actors Guild Award winner Annie Golden (Broadway Bounty Hunter, a?oeOrange is the New Blacka??) & Tony Award nominee Arian Moayed (a?oeSuccession,a?? The Humans) will join the cast of NYTW's special one-night-only reading of Play Yourself
by TV News Desk - Nov 7, 2019
Patrick McGee, aka Acidhead, is back with another new single titled 'Love Has Me Keep On Dying.' It's the latest from his forthcoming debut project, Distractions, dropping November 15th via Veriditas Recordings.
by TV News Desk - Nov 4, 2019
World/Inferno Friendship Society are back with the first single from their upcoming All Borders are Porous to Cats LP that is set to be released on January 17th 2020 via Alternative Tentacles. You can hear the first single below.
by Jose German Martinez Paneque - Nov 22, 2019
El próximo domingo 24 de noviembre tendrá lugar en TOTEM Malasaña el evento IV AFTERSHOW by Xaviertorrasmusic con un nuevo abanicos de artistas relacionados con el Teatro Musical acompañados de la percusión de Fani Portet y presentado por Javier Navares.
by TV News Desk - Nov 22, 2019
Tel Aviv trumpeter Sefi Zisling releases his sophomore album, Expanse today via Tru Thoughts. Building on his debut LP Beyond The Things I Know, released on Raw Tapes – Tel Aviv's leading collective, and championed by the likes of Gilles Peterson (BBC 6Music), Stamp The Wax, Toshio Matsuura (Worldwide FM), NTS, FIP, Radio Nova, Twistedsoul – Expanse is fronted by lead-single “Happy Solar Return ft. Kutiman”, a nine-minute afro-beat voyage and “Flip Mode” a free-funk Sun Ra homage. The project so far has garnered support from Bandcamp Weekly, Cerys Matthews (BBC 6Music), Jazziz, Worldwide FM, Music is My Sanctuary, KCRW, KEXP, Ruth Fisher, Tim Garcia (Jazz FM), Twistedsoul, alongside playlist support from 'Spotify's State of Jazz'.
by TV News Desk - Nov 20, 2019
With a globetrotting 20-year career renowned for being a voice for the people across four decades of political and societal upheaval from the late '90s to today, Antibalas celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a stark return to their Williamsburg roots on its latest Daptone Records studio album, Fu Chronicles (Release Date: February 7, 2020). Pre-gentrified Williamsburg serves as the backdrop for Fu Chronicles -- voyaging back to the early days of when Antibalas and revered soul label Daptone Records spawned out of lead singer Duke Amayo's kung fu dojo. A senior master of the Jow Ga Kung Fu School of martial arts, Duke Amayo along with Antibalas founder/baritone saxophonist Martín Perna guide listeners through an epic journey of where kung fu ingeniously intersects with Afrobeat on Fu Chronicles.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2019
The City of Quincy has been recognized as the first official U.S. City to partner and to participate in the international arts and cultural movement Fair Saturday, on Saturday November 30, 2019. Originating in Bilbao, Spain in 2014. Fair Saturday aims to create a positive social impact each year on the last Saturday of November, the day following Black Friday.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2019
The City of Quincy has been recognized as the first official U.S. City to partner and to participate in the international arts and cultural movement Fair Saturday, on Saturday November 30, 2019. Originating in Bilbao, Spain in 2014. Fair Saturday aims to create a positive social impact each year on the last Saturday of November, the day following Black Friday.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2019
Jersey City may be known for its many murals, but rarely do we find out about the artists who create them. That's about to change when Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) showcases the young talent behind the city's newest public art display a?" Heroes of the World.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2019
Renowned British-Canadian musician, composer, conductor and pianist Clement Ishmael Presents an Intimate Concert of Classic Poems Set to Music, performed with internationally acclaimed soloist, Melanie Marshall.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2019
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the initial line-up of featured performers for the 2019 TRU Love Benefit: Follow Your Art, Fulfill Your Dreams, honoring James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director of The York Theatre, and performer-producer Haley Swindal.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2019
Tony® and Emmy Award winner Lillias White returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Cabaret Series with an autobiographical show filled with musical highlights from her life and career January 23 - 25, 2020 in Samueli Theater. With her powerhouse voice and exuberant stage presence, White has won accolades for her show-stopping performances on the Broadway stage, on television and in films. The New York Times declared, 'Lillias White is a singer who makes the most challenging vocal feats look almost easy.'
by TV News Desk - Dec 4, 2019
Black Public Media's acclaimed documentary series AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange is back in 2020 for its 12th season! Dedicated to telling real-life stories of culture, art and life from across the African Diaspora, AfroPoAfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange returns in January for its 12th season, exploring stories of modern life in the African Diaspora with a slate of documentaries journeying through Brazil, Nigeria, Turkey, South Africa, the U.S., Liberia and beyond. Premiering on WORLD Channel at 8 p.m. ET/ 10 p.m. PT on Monday, January 20, 2020, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the season opens with Joel Zito Araújo's My Friend Fela, an exploration of music, liberation and the enduring ties of the Pan-African family. New episodes of AfroPoP — which remains the nation's only public television documentary series dedicated to life, art and culture from across the African Diaspora — will debut every Monday through February 17. Executive produced by Black Public Media (BPM), the series is co-presented by distributor American Public Television (APT), which will release it to public television stations nationwide on February 6, 2020. P premieres on Monday, January 20 — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — on WORLD Channel at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2019
American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Executive Producer Diane Borger, have announced the creative team and cast of Gloria: A Life, presented in association with the McCarter Theatre Center and by special arrangement with Daryl Roth.
by TV News Desk - Dec 12, 2019
World/Inferno Friendship Society are back with a new single from their upcoming All Borders are Porous to Cats LP. The album is set to be released on January 17th 2020 via Alternative Tentacles. In addition to a New Years Eve show in Brooklyn, you can catch the band on tour throughout January and February!
by TV News Desk - Dec 11, 2019
Tel Aviv trumpeter Sefi Zisling has shared the video for “Ongoing Morning”, taken from Expanse, his highly acclaimed sophomore album, which was also released via Tru Thoughts last month - watch + share via YouTube. Here directors Dorel & Agata, who filmed and directed the whole recording process, capture and share the special vibe that was the essence in the making of the record – an intimacy and togetherness that made the music flow and flourish.
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Aug 30, 2019
Tiago Barbosa (Simba), Fela Domínguez (Nala), Pitu Manubens (Scar) y Lindiwe Mkhize (Rafiki) nos cuentan su experiencia en el musical que conmueve al mundo.
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Aug 30, 2019
Disfruta de los clásicos 'El Ciclo Vital' y 'Siento Un Nuevo Amor En Mi', además de una escena del musical EL REY LE?'N.
by Jose German Martinez Paneque - Aug 30, 2019
Enjoy the classic musical numbers 'El Ciclo Vital' ('The Circle of Life') and 'Siento Un Nuevo Amor En Mí' ('Can You Feel The Love Tonight'), and a scene from EL REY LE?'N (the Spanish production of THE LION KING), with the brand new cast that can be seen in Madrid's Gran Via: Tiago Barbosa (Simba), Fela Domínguez (Nala), Pitu Manubens (Scar) and Lindiwe Mkhize (Rafiki).
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2019
The original Broadway cast recording of Moulin Rouge! The Musical is now available on all digital and streaming providers on via Baz Luhrmann's label, House of Iona, and RCA Records. A physical edition of the album will be made available at a later date.
by TV News Desk - Aug 29, 2019
Songhoy Blues today announce their latest EP, Meet Me in the City (October 18 on Yellow Vinyl)—their first new music since the critically acclaimed album Résistance, which Rolling Stone called one of the best albums of 2017. They also share two versions of the EP's track “Time to Go Home,” one mixed by Blake Mills (Grammy-nominated producer of Alabama Shakes' Sound & Color, John Legend's Darkness and Light, and Perfume Genius' No Shape) and the other by David Ferguson (known for his sound engineering work with 'Cowboy' Jack Clement and on Johnny Cash's American Recordings).  The track, with lyrics written by Will Oldham (the music is by Songhoy Blues andMatt Sweeney and produced by Sweeney), appears on the EP alongside the title track written by Junior Kimbrough (with additional lyrics by Songhoy Blues and produced by Matt Sweeney), and a cover of Fela Kuti's “Shakara,” featuring Femi Kuti. Songhoy Blues will embark on a North American tour beginning in September and extending through the fall.
by Juan Carlos Verdu Garcia - Aug 29, 2019
Esta mañana ha tenido lugar en el Teatro Lope De Vega, la presentación del elenco de la novena temporada de EL REY LEÓN.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2019
A new report is hinting at a potential West End transfer of the smash stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2019
It is today announced that Tamlyn Henderson will join the London cast of Waitress the musical from 9 September in the role of Earl. Henderson has performed across the world including in the UK and international tour of Mamma Mia and Australian productions of Les Misérables and The Sound of Music. He will take over the role from Peter Hannah who has his final performance on 7 September. West End performer Cindy Belliott will also join the ensemble following Nicole Raquel Dennis's last show on 7 September. As recently announced, YouTuber and Strictly 2018 finalist Joe Sugg will also join the cast from 9 September, making his theatrical debut in the role of Ogie.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2019
XOVA production written and directed by Joseph Komani -Winner of the 2019 Standard Bank Gold Ovation Award- will show at the South African State Theatre from 11 to 29 September 2019. Xova's season at the State Theatre (Africa's biggest theatre complex) follows its competitive campaign at the National Arts Festival in July, where it won gold to top the fringe programme which featured over five hundred works in various disciplines.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2019
Rubicon Theatre Company presents an updated encore run of last year's World Premiere of I DIG ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC with an all new cast September 11 through September 29 at Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main Street in Ventura's Downtown Cultural District.   
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2019
The final concert of the second season of a?oeMusic Out of the 'Boxa??, on Friday, August 30 at 7:30 PM, brings Afrofunk music to Concord! The series once again featured acts from many genres, including jazz, classical, pop, soul, world music and country. Ticket prices are, Adults: $17, Students, Seniors, Members: $14, Senior Members: $12. Tickets can be purchased at www.hatboxnh.com or reserved by calling the box office at 603-715-2315.
by Stage Tube - Aug 23, 2019
As previously reported, Moulin Rouge! will release an Original Broadway Cast Recording this fall. Get a first listen to one of the tracks on the album, titled The Sparkling Diamond, sung by Karen Olivo!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2019
Moulin Rouge! The Musical and RCA Records have released a single of 'The Sparkling Diamond' track from the highly-anticipated Original Broadway Cast Recording of Moulin Rouge! The Musical, listen now!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2019
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts announced today that it has acquired the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company Archive, a comprehensive collection spanning the entirety of the company's existence. Beginning today, the paper-based materials in the collection -- including photographs, correspondence, production notes, company records, and more -- are now available for research at the Library's Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Aug 20, 2019
Repasamos los espectáculos que llenarán las carteleras en Madrid, Barcelona y giras en la nueva temporada.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2019
Kick up your heels and put on your dancing shoes on September 21 for National Dance Day! Presented in partnership between the Kennedy Center, American Dance Movement (formally the Dizzy Feet Foundation), and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), this annual event invites everyone of all ages and abilities, from the littlest dancers to professionals, to participate in a free day-long celebration of the joy of dance and movement.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2019
Legendary choreographer, National Medal of Arts (2013) MacArthur a?oeGeniusa?? Award (1994) recipient, and artistic director of New York Live Arts (Live Arts), Bill T. Jones comes together in discussion with esteemed poet, essayist, scholar and president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Elizabeth Alexander.