Coming May 1st & 2nd!
Everybody say “YEAH YEAH!”
Ten years after the musical ended its run on Broadway, The New Nigerian and OkayMedia in partnership with the Knitting Factory Entertainment are bringing the production to the audio-only platform, Clubhouse.
This audio-only adaptation of FELA! brings together a talented team of producers and artists that represent Nigeria and the global Black diaspora. In its adapted form, updates have been made to the landscape to modernize the production for our current times while holding true to the story of Fela and his vision for Nigeria and Black people all over the world.
This production is a love letter to Nigeria…
Fela Kuti’s musical provocations demanded a global engagement with African politics and the challenges facing Black people worldwide. His musical method and style invited the world in, and in doing so, Fela gave the Nigerian people an amplified voice. The FELA! Broadway production took the world by storm 10 years ago by revisiting Fela’s story, and in this audioplay interpretation, we’re bringing contemporary Nigerian issues to the forefront.
With the surge of #EndSARS protests across Nigeria last year, it was clearer than ever that Nigeria is still enduring the conditions that Fela fervently sang about. This interpretation of the FELA! script helps to frame the #EndSars movement in the context of the broader struggles Fela fought for while honoring the thousands who marched, and those who lost their lives at Lekki Toll Gate on Oct 20, 2020.
Notably, this production intentionally triples speaking roles for women by bringing the voices of the Kalakuta Queens, women who fought alongside Fela, to the forefront. In this decades-long movement, women’s contributions continue to prove essential (pivotal, in fact) to both national and global progress.
Our cast and crew reflect the reach of the African diaspora, with members spread across three continents. It is through devoted effort that our team honors Fela and his relentless political critique in pursuit of a better Nigeria.