Fela: This Bitch of a Life Book


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Release Date: 2008-05-15 00
Format: Book
EAN: 9781556528354
Product Code: 1008
Weight: 1.4kg
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Revealing the hidden facts of this African superstar's complex personality and the truth about his tumultuous existence this unique biography is based on hours of conversation and close interaction with the legend himself. The full spectrum of Fela's experience is here: the spirits and trances the paranoia and drugs the queens (as he called his wives) and always the music. Interviews with 15 queens providing their personal stories in their own words contribute to this amazing story of Fela's life and music. As the creator of Afrobeat - the vibrant fusion of jazz funk highlife and Yoruban music - he protested with lyrics that dealt provocatively with everything from sex to politics always challenging neocolonialism and the ruling elite. Painting him as an advocate of black power human rights and pan-Africanism this book reveals how Fela shocked disturbed and inspired the masses.


The National Theatre will make a return to the world of musical theatre when it stages the UK transfer of current Broadway musical Fela! which opens in the NT Olivier on 16 NovemberWWWW 2010. The show celebrates Nigerian afrobeat musician and political activist Fela Kuti. It began life with a one month off-Broadway run inWWWW 2008 before opening at Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre in OctoberWWWW 2009 where it continues an open-ended run. African superstar composer singer and musician as well as mystic and political activist Nigerian Fela Kuti born in 1938 was controversy personified. He was swept to international celebrity on a wave of scandal and flamboyance and when he died of AIDS inWWWW 1997 more than a million people attended his funeral. But what was he really like this man who could as easily arouse violent hostility as he could unswerving loyalty


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