ACCLAIMED NIGERIAN MUSICAL ‘FELA AND THE KALAKUTA QUEENS,’ IS HEADING TO PRETORIA

ACCLAIMED NIGERIAN MUSICAL ‘FELA AND THE KALAKUTA QUEENS,’ IS HEADING TO PRETORIA

The South African State Theatre will host the musical, which highlights the lives of Fela Kuti’s 27 wives.

The legendary musical, which is set to make its first appearance in Pretoria, South Africa next month is Bolanle Austen Peter’s masterpiece. A unique retelling of the story of the Kalakuta Queens, Fela and the 27 women he married in a single ceremony in 1978.

The musical also explores 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. Following a successful premiere in their home country capital, Lagos in 2017, Fela and The Kalakuta Queens Musical has without a doubt become a sensation across the globe.

Fela and the Kalakuta Queens will be on stage from 27 March until 7 April 2019. Tickets can be purchased from R150-R350 at Webtickets (online at www.webtickets.co.za or at Pick n Pay stores nationwide). The show has a 13 years age restriction. Webtickets is State Theatre newly contracted service provider for ticket sales.

Artists Profiles

Bolanle Austen Peters (Director) is a 49-year-old writer and director who changed paths from law to an arts entrepreneur whose contributions to the Nigerian theatre industry is immense. Since her return to Nigeria in the early 2000s, she has established different businesses, including Terra Kulture, a combinination of museum, art gallery and restaurant all rolled into one, and the Bolanle Austen-Peters Productions (BAP) which produced SARO the Musical, a project that went on to garner international media frenzy from outlets like the BBC and Sky News. Following the success of SARO the Musical, Bolanle’s BAP also produced WAKAA! The Musical which turned out to be even more successful than the first. It became the first Nigerian musical ever to be staged at London’s famous West End and the Shaw Theatre where it sold out tickets.

Kehinde Oretimehin (Music Composer) is an astute musician with intrinsic flair for music; songwriting, arranging and teaching. He was a lecturer at the MUSON Diploma School of Music and has been involved in numerous stage plays and musical in Nigeria. His compositions and arrangements are used for examinations, auditions, recitals, concerts all over the world.

Justin Ezirim (Choreographer) is a professional dancer and choreographer with over 15 years’ experience in the dance industry. Choreographed works include SARO, Hearword, Love and recession, wakaa, Ajigbe, Udide, The Era, Echoes, Fela and the kalakuta queens, Moremi The Musical.

Paolo Sisiano (Choreographer) is a theatre performer that has worked in theatre since 2008. He also featured in several productions including Wakaa The Musical, Saro The Musical, Moremi The Musical.

Olaitan “Heavywind” Adeniji (Plays Fela) is a Multi-Instrumentalist who became one of the pioneers Fela’s Afrobeat Movement in New York in the early 2000s with performances at the Medgar Evers Jazz Festival, the Dubois Jazz Festival, Celebration of Jazz NY, Palmcourt NY, the Makeda New Jersey and the Sheba in Miami to mention a few

Patrick Diabuah (plays Fela) has featured in theatre productions like Kakadu the musical, Saro the musical, Wakaa the musical, London Life Lagos Living, The Trials of Brother Jero, Fractures, Band Aid and many more. His Tv/film credits are Banana Island Ghost, 93 Days, Zone 222, B4 30, His Mother’s Son, Binding Duty.

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