I managed to catch a preview screening of this play before is debut on Broadyway November 23rd, and by far it’s the best highlight for me since I moved out East back in July. While it was a condensed form of Fela’s life and to me was missing a few things (primarily the impact Fela would have on his son Femi and his music lives on through him, and the all-to-brief story on Fela’s trip to the States), from the music to the casting to the choreography, there was never a moment in those three hours I watched this play where I was bored.
What does this have to do with hip hop? Well, aside from Pete Rock sampling Fela’s “Water Get No Enemy” for the InI’s “Grown Man Sport,” this play is also produced by Jay-Z, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, The Root’s ?uestlove and many more people. Needless to say, more people should get off their hip hop horse and enjoy live music and alternative sounds more often.
*steps down from soapbox*
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