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Monday, April 12, 2010

Fela! The original cast recording due June 8

alright, i'm back, still not 100%, but whatever, doing this is wayyy more fun than work -

So even after all these posts, I still don't really know much about Fela, but those fans that do read my stuff, here's more good news. The Fela! Original Broadway Cast Recording is set to be released June 8.

it's coming from Knitting Factory Records (who are doing a preorder beginning April 20).

cuz i'm not so good with words about musicals you get this -

Fela! - Original Broadway Cast Recording features the incomparable Sahr Ngaujah as Fela singing with members of the irrepressibly funky Antibalas. A version featuring Kevin Mambo will be available for download and for sale at the theater. All 16 of the Fela compositions that are peformed on stage each night, leaving sold-out audiences astonished and breathless at the end of every show, are on the record as are several songs peformed by Funmalayo (Fela's mother) as played by the Tony-award winning Lilias White, and Sandra Izadore (Fela's American girlfriend) as played by Saycon Sengbloh. The record was produced by the Grammy-nominated Robert Sher.

"We worked incredibly hard, and have had amazing and talented people on board to create what we think is one of the hottest, sexiest, entertaining and unique Broadway experiences today," says the show's producer Stephen Hendel. "We're working equally hard to make sure that's captured in the cast record."

Based on the life of groundbreaking African composer and performer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, FELA! is the critically acclaimed Broadway musicalthatuses Fela's music to explore his life as an artist, political activist and revolutionary musician. 

Watch a video of the musical here:
Directed and choreographed by Tony® Award winner Bill T. Jones, with arrangements by Aaron Johnson and Jordan McLean, FELA!is a provocative hybrid of concert, dance and musical theatre. The cast recording captures the electricity and joy that thousands have experienced at the Eugene O'Neill Theater every night since the play opened on November 23, 2009. The record is a document of that experience, yet at the same time is a musical statement in its own right.

Says Hendel, "There are three great bands in the world that can capture this music with the thrill and intensity of Fela Kuti himself: Femi and Seun Kuti live and play in Nigeria and tour around the world; members of Antibalas live in Brooklyn. We are priviliged to have these members on our stage every night, bringing this music to a world that has, to a large extent, only recently understood what they've been missing."

The tracklisting for Fela! - Original Broadway Cast Recording is below:

Everything Scatter
Yellow Fever/Ikoyi Blindness
Trouble Sleep
Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsese
Upside Down
Expensive Shit
Water Get No Enemy/Egbe Mi O
Na Poi
Sorrow Tears and Blood
Dance of the Orisas/Shakara
Coffin Head of State

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