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.