Arts
3:05 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Cast of Fela! Stops By The Midday Jazz Swing With Nicole Sweeney

L-R Melanie Marshall, Adesola Osakalumi, Nicole Sweeney, Gelan Lambert
L-R Melanie Marshall, Adesola Osakalumi, Nicole Sweeney, Gelan Lambert
Credit Ray Cornelius

The Tony Award-Winning Musical Fela! is in performance at Atlanta's Fox Theatre through March 6.  This sight and sound spectacular tells the story of one of the most compelling figures in modern African music, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

Kuti, who essentially invented Afro-beat, blending jazz, funk, and African music stylings, attempted to live the live of a politically aware artist in the midst of military dictatorship in his native Nigeria.  Fela! tells this amazing story through music and dance.

Cast members Adesola Osakalumi(Fela), Melanie Marshall(Funmilayo), and Gelan Lambert(J.K. Braimah/Tap Dancer/Egungun) stopped by the Midday Jazz Swing to talk about Fela with Nicole Sweeney.

Unlike any other station in town that may have blurbed Fela!, Nicole actually played some Fela at the end of the interview.  Yeh.  You knew we would.

Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child fame also stars in this live production.

Tickets for performances of Fela! at Atlanta's Fox Theatre are still available.  Click here for info.

If you missed that interview you can listen by clicking below.