His story inspired a nation. His music inspires the world! This award winning broadway musical with a book by Bill T. Jones and Jim Lewis, based on music and lyrics by the late Nigerian singer Fela Kuti, with additional music by Aaron Johnson and Jordan Mclean and additional lyrics by Jim Lewis. It is based on events in the life of groundbreaking Nigerian composer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti. It portrays Kuti in the days when he was the target of 1,000 government soldiers assigned to end his public performances at the legendary Lagos nightclub The Shrine.
The musical ran Off-Broadway for one month in 2008 and premiered on Broadway on November 23, 2009. The Off-Broadway production won the Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Musical, Outstanding Choreographer for Bill T. Jones, and Outstanding Costume Design for Marina Draghici. The Broadway production received eleven 2010 Tony Award nominations and won Best Choreography, Best Costume Design of a Musical, and Best Sound Design of a Musical.
Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith presents, Fela! On tour in the United States! Its opening performance will have a limited engagement on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in July 2012 to August 2012. The musical will then continue on its world tour, playing in Australia, Japan, a return to Africa, among other venues.