Fela Kuti and Queen Kalakuta go to South Africa
After its successful premiere of the powerful musical production of the legend of the artist from Nigeria and South Africa, Fela and Kalakuta Queens in the generation of Terra Arena, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
Bolanle Austen-Peters (BAP) Productions, is preparing to take the world to a famous world, from Abami Eda to the State Theater of South Africa.
Fela and the Kalakuta queens will be on the South African stage from March 27 to April 7, 2019.
Speaking about the scheduled departure, BAP Director, Ms. Bolanle Austen-Peters said: “This is a phenomenal development and it is gratifying to know that my production is the first musical from Nigeria presented by the State Theater of South Africa.
This is a validation that Nigerian theater and musicals are here to stay. In line with the desire of the federal government to export non-oil products, the theater has emerged as a sector that lives up to those expectations. With more than 60 people taken to South Africa, this is a new dawn.
“Speaking more, Austen-Peters said: “Nigerians form a strong community to promote Nigerian and African culture in extraordinary cities around the world.” We believe that a historical and cultural production like Fela and Kalakuta Queens will be well received in South Africa, considering “the iconic status of Fela and the growing interest in international afrobeat,” Peters reiterated.
Commenting on the play, Artistic Director of State Theater, Aubrey Sekhabi, said: “We have a thriving community that represents the diaspora in Pretoria and we believe that this will take them to the theatrical scene.
The story of Fela Kuti and the Queens of Kalakuta is a timeless critique of post-independence Africa, with strong comments on greed, corruption, abuse of power, underdevelopment and the relationships of African leaders with their former masters relevant to the colony is today.
The pan-African vision of theater [South Africa]
“In line with the pan-African vision of theater, the musical narrates the complicated life and times of the late legendary musician, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, also known as Fela Kuti, or simply Fela, from birth to life as a defiant and intransigent activist social, an extravagant musical master and his historical marriage with his 27 wives (known as the queens), the story of Fela and his queens Kalakuta is convincing, as well as a deep and emotionally attractive movement, that travels through the honest and It is an icon that he had with his dancers (queens) who left their homes to follow him, believing in his vision of building a better community through art and music.