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.
Victor Goines is one of Jazz music's most acclaimed and prolific horn players, his work appearing from Lincoln Center to Hollywood soundtracks. He stopped by The Midday Jazz Swing with Gary Motley, who appeared with him at the Emory University Schwartz Center Friday night. They chatted with Nicole Sweeney and caught WCLK listeners up with what they'll be doing at their performance.
Atlanta is a second home for Goines, and tonight's jam session should delight and challenge the serious jazz fans in attendance.
Jesse Fischer and Soul Cycle have become an Atlanta favorite in recent years. In advance of his Saturday night performance at Apache Cafe, Jesse called Nicole Sweeney from the road to talk about his records, the performance, and his appreciation of WCLK. Saturday night's performance will be hosted by WCLK's S.O.U.L. of Jazz Host Jamal Ahmad.
For more information on Jesse and his latest release Retro Future, click here.