State Theatre Brings World Renowned Story of Fela Kuti to Mzansi

The State Theatre recently announced that the critically acclaimed Nigerian musical play Fela and The Kalakuta Queens will grace its stage in March and April this year.

Fela and The Kalakuta Queens is based on the complicated life of late legendary musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti, also known as Fela Kuti, from birth to life as a defiant and uncompromising social activist, a flamboyant musical maestro and his historic marriage to his 27 wives.

The musical is also set to explore the lives of these women who constituted an integral part of his band and gives a unique insight into the negotiation of gender and power relations at the Kalakuta Republic, while also showcasing their unique fashion, dance and African identity, and unmasking common misconceptions about them.

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The musical is directed by Award-winning writer and director Bolanle Austen Peters, speaking about it she said, “Nigerians form a strong community in promoting Nigerian and African culture in notable cities around the globe. We believe that a historic and cultural production like Fela and the Kalakuta Queens will be received well in South Africa – considering Fela’s iconic status and the increasing interest in afro beat internationally.”

Artistic Director of the State Theatre Aubrey Sekhabi comments; “We have a thriving community representing the diaspora in Pretoria and believe that this will bring them out for theatrical entertainment. While entertaining and spectacular, the story of Fela Kuti and the Kalakuta Queens is a timeless critique of post-independence Africa, with strong commentary about greed, corruption, and abuse of power, underdevelopment and African leaders’ relationships with their former colonial masters. The message in the music was as relevant during Fela’s time as it is today.”

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Fela and the Kalakuta Queens will be on stage from March 27 to April 7.



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