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South African State Theatre to Premiere Fela Musical on YouTube

South African State Theatre to Premiere Fela Musical on YouTube

Otosirieze Obi-Young
South African State Theatre to Premiere Fela Musical on YouTube
Fela and the Kalakuta Queens. Credit: Sanmari Marais.

The South African State Theatre, an agency of the country’s Department of Arts and Culture, has premiered, on YouTube, a play about Fela Kuti and the 27 women he married on the same day in 1978. Fela and the Kalakuta Queens is a Nigerian play, and this, The Guardian Nigeria reports, marks the first time a foreign theatre has monetized a Nigerian theatre’s play online.

Produced and directed by Bolanle Austen-Peters, Fela and the Kalakuta Queens focuses on the musician’s 27 wives while exploring his rise to prominence through music and popularity through government criticism. It draws attention to the Kalakuta Republic, highlighting the fashion, dance, and identities of the women.

Fela and the Kalakuta Queens also became the first Nigerian production to run in South Africa when it was shown from March-April of this year.

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