Tuesday, January 10, 2012 / 1:22 pm

A Felicitous Freeing Up of the Fela-ness of the Fela! Crew

Stretching. Changing. Happening at the Troub.

by Jim Washburn

In my current FourStory piece on Nigeria's Fela Kuti and the musical about him, Fela!, I ended up wishing that the show breathed a little more, how the show  would be more reflective of the man it's about if the music was allowed to stretch and change in the moment.

It turns out that's just what's going to happen this Friday when, after the performance at the Ahgmanson, the Fela! show band and its star, Sahr Ngaujah, are hoofing it over the West Hollywood's Troubadour for a late night show that promises to let Fela's compositions expand out to their proper 20-plus minute lengths. Wish and ye shall receive.

Jim Washburn has written for the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, the OC Weekly, various MSN sites and just about anybody else willing to trade a paycheck for a pulse.


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