Honestly The African Legend, FELA ANIKULAPO-KUTI needs no Introduction but for those who dont know him(Everybody does) heres a brief Introduction.
Throughout Fela’s life,he fought for the rights of the common man, despite harassment, violence, and imprisonment at the hands of the Nigerian government. He fought the powerful people in position with his powerful music. Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s music looked to the past, present, and future.The founder of Afrobeat music, Fela, through words and sound, inspired musicians and visual artists in Nigeria and well beyond its borders. Although he died in 1997, his music and legacy lives on.
As of today, Baba 70 (as he is commonly called in Gidi) has gone from West Africa to West Broadway. The Broadway production of “Fela” which is a musical about the African Legend will feature in the Eugene O’Neill Theater with the first preview scheduled for Oct. 19 2009 and an opening night on Nov. 23 2009. The musical, about the African Legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, is directed and choreographed by Bill T. Jones.
Now where Jay-Z and Will Smith Come In
Jay- Z and Will Smith are exhibiting their passion for the arts with generous sponsorship for the production of this $11 million(Yh u heard it right) Broadway musical.
Though there have been mumblings that Jay-Z and Will Smith may step in as producers, we at GidiNoize cant confirm that as there has only been confirmation of the financial support from the two stars.