Monday, June 14, 2010

Congrats to Fela! for winning three Tonys!

The Tony Awards were held last night in New York, and Fela! danced away from the gala event with three awardsBest Choreography (Bill T. Jones), Best Costume Design (Marina Draghici), and Best Sound Design (Robert Kaplowitz). Obviously everyone at here at Afropop thought they should have won in all 11 (!) categories they were nominated for, but three Tony Awards is an outstanding achievement and we are very excited about the news.

For the first time journalists did not have a vote in the proceedings, which may have taken away from the chances Fela! had of winning the big awards it was nominated for like Best Musical and Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. Though already critically lauded, these awards will certainly help add even more buzz to the dynamic and unique musical. The show, based on the life of the incomparable Fela Kuti, is traveling overseas to the Olivier Theater in London later this year.

You can stream the new CD Fela! Original Broadway Cast Recording using this link.  

Below is an exclusive interview Afropop conducted with Fela's son Seun Kuti about the musical and his father's life, including footage of the show itself. You can read the transcript of the interview here.

Also, here's a feature that provides some insight into the vision behind the musical and the process of making it. Hope this inspires you to go out and see it if you haven't already!

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