Thursday, November 19, 2009

New Broadway Show draws Black Hollywood (financial) Support


Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith along with Jay-Z have teamed up to produce (and produce I mean invested in) the new Broadway show Fela!. The show is based upon the life of the cultural icon Fela Kuti, known for his multi-instrumental talent and Afro beat sound and political activism. Fela, a proponent of Black power and Pan-Africanism did live a very colorful life, certainly one warranting a Broadway show. Not only an musician, the native of Nigeria attempted to run for President of his country, spoke out against military/police corruption. He sang most of his songs in pidgin English (think of it as Jamaican Patois for Africa). He married many, many wives and served almost 2 years in jail for drummed up charges of currency smuggling. He unfortunately died of AIDS in 1997. He left music that has an international influence that has touched those of many cultures. But most importantly he left music for and reflecting his own people.
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