The city of Detroit is playing host to the late Nigerian musician, Fela Kuti through a muscial. A Broadway production about the artist, titled ‘Fela!’ is currently showing at the Detroit music hall. Tickets are selling out quickly for all those interested in going. This show began in Detroit on Tuesday and is by far the biggest show that the hall has hosted. Originally airing on Broadway in 2009, ‘Fela!’ makes its re-entrance into the theater scene while honoring the late musician.
The show, a Tony award winner, tells the story of Kuti who used music as a way to bring about a change in Nigeria. The musician’s name is not confined to the country of Nigeria or the city of Detroit, but it is heard all over the world. Many of Kuti’s messages live through his legacy. In addition, those messages are used as a way to communicated with the city of Detroit.
Other venues in the city are honoring the late musician as well. The Virgil H. Carr cultural arts center will be holding a Fela themed art exhibition. The exhibition will feature work from artists who have made pieces that were inspired by the work of the creative musician. Fela Kuti’s drive for social equality and dedication to social issues will be the main theme echoed in Detroit. For fans of Kuti, if you are interested in seeing the show, buy your tickets now before they all sell out. Go to the Music Hall to find out more information on how to purchase tickets to the show.