Its that time again… when the Art world gather together to celebrate the life and times of the colourful, captivating Afrobeat maestro Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Bolanle Austen-Peters’ BAP productions holds a spirited performance of the popular musician’s life with his equally colorful queens.
The grand finale of Fela‘s Republic and the Kalakuta Queens, – a stage play depicting the life and struggle of Afrobeats legend and political activist, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti recently drew a capacity crowd at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos. The event which wrapped up a three-week showcase of the most entertaining stage performance in Nigeria had in attendance notable personalities including Grammy Awards nominee, Femi Anikulapo-Kuti and his sister, Yeni. Two of the surviving Kalakuta queens, Laide and Lara were also in attendance.
“This brings back a lot of memories. Just watching it I was taken back to the days when my father – with the aid of his wives – not only sought to create a wonderful home for his family but also fight relentlessly for the rights of the Nigerian people,” said Femi Anikulapo-Kuti.
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Fela‘s Republic and the Kalakuta Queens explores the sacrifice made by Fela to liberate the people from successive oppressive governments in Nigeria. The stage play was launched in 2017 to portray and preserve the recent history of Nigerian activism and the role played by Fela and his wives in fighting to make the government accountable to its citizens. Nollywood actress Uru Eke was part of the production and has some lovely photos to share;