Fela.. Arrest the music: A musical on the life and times of the legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti will be on stage from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th October at the MUSON Center at 3pm & 7pm each day.
This creative piece written by Paul Ugbede (the winner of the Beeta Foundation Playwrights competition) expresses the daily struggles of an African man, how he was subjected to the forces of suppression and humiliation from the western world, his own government, the society et al.
Fela: Arrest the Music! is not just another treatise on Fela (there is a catalog of them), it is a reflection on our daily lives as Africans; it is a narrative of the lives we live everyday and our struggle to rise above ourselves. It is not just a musical; it is a call - for both leaders and followers to rise up above primordial life style drawing Africa backward to a more forward thinking continent where every man is free to express himself or herself. As Wole Soyinka, who incidentally is Fela's cousin said, "The man Dies who keeps silent in the face of oppression."
This musical is produced by Declassical Arts and Entertainment Company in collaboration with MUSON center with the kind permission of the estate of Fela Anikulapo Kuti for the opening of the 20th anniversary of the MUSON Festival and Felabration events.
The play will be directed by the biggest names in the industry Kenneth Uphopho (Director, British Council Lagos Theater Festival), Gbenga Yusuf (Director, STARS, Era of legends and Saro and Wakaa the musicals) and Ayo Ajayi (Artistic director at Declassical and Music director at Saro and Wakaa the musicals) The characters in the musical are top notch drawn from various fields of the performing arts, Gideon Okeke, Arese Emokpae (The Voice), Kpeace (Nigerian Idol winner), Olumide Dada Joshu Alabi, Bola Haastrup-Atitebi and Dolapo Philips to mention but a few.