Simon Cowell’s progeny.
Large parts of Mos Def’s new album, “The Ecstatic,” has been leaked already. That does not put a damper on the anticipation.
Jeremy Weate–he’s behind the excellent Nigeria-based blog, Naijablog–just posted a May 2007 interview he did in Lagos with Seun Kuti–here’s Seun’s MySpace page–the younger of Fela Kuti’s two sons who followed their father into the music business. (By the way, the other son, Femi, is performing here in New York City early next month).
The interview, about 20 minutes long, is a gem. Among others, Seun talks about his admiration for his father (“my dad was the truth”), his relationship with his brother Femi, and what he listens to.
But I especially liked the part where Seun declares his ambitions to run for President of Nigeria some day–something he says wants to do “so bad.”
(Despite Seun’s protestations that he is his own man and does not try to be Fela, it is so that Fela also declared himself President: first of Kalakuta Republic, Fela’s house and performance space in Lagos. Fela also formed a political party, Movement of the People, which he used as a platform to run a quixotic campaign for President of Nigeria.)
Because today is Thursday. And tomorrow is Friday.
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Bill T. Jones … the Tony-winning choreographer of “Spring Awakening,” is back at work in the theater as the choreographer and director of “Fela!,” a musical based on the life of the Nigerian Afrobeat musician and political activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti (or Fela Kuti, as he is widely known). The show features a book by Mr. Jones and Jim Lewis (“Chronicle of a Death Foretold” on Broadway) and music by Mr. Kuti, who died of AIDS in 1997. It will run Off Broadway at 37 Arts from July 29 to Sept. 21.
Source: New York Times.