FELA! Original Broadway Cast Recording (2010)

Knitting Factory Records

 

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This phenomenally produced album documents the magic of FELA!, the electrifying new Broadway musical that the New York Times, Time Magazine, Time Out NY and New York Magazine called the “Best of 2009!” 

FELA! tells the true story of groundbreaking Nigerian composer and performer, Fela Kuti, whose soulful and stirring Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation. Featuring Fela Kuti’s captivating music, the visionary direction and choreography of Tony-Award winner Bill T. Jones, and arrangements by Aaron Johnson and Antibalas, FELA! is a provocative hybrid of concert, dance and musical theatre, and a triumphant tale of courage, passion and love. 

Backed by the irrepressibly funky Antibalas, FELA! The Original Broadway Cast Recording features the incomparable Sahr Ngaujah as Fela, Lilias White as Funmilayo (Fela’s mother), and Saycon Sengbloh as Sandra Izadore (Fela’s American girlfriend) singing all 16 of the Fela compositions that are performed on stage. This recording captures the electricity and joy that thousands have experienced at the Eugene O’Neill Theater every night since the play opened on November 23, 2009, and is not only a document of that experience, but also a musical statement in its own right.

TRACKLIST

01. Everything Scatter
02. BID (Breaking It Down): High Life (Medzi Medz)/Yellow Fever
03. Trouble Sleep
04. Teacher
05. Black President (Scene)
06. Lover
07. Upside Down
08. Expensive Shit
09. I.T.T. (International Thief Thief)
10. Kere Kay
11. Water No Get Enemy
12. Torture (Scene)
13. Zombie
14. Trouble Sleep (Reprise)
15. Na Poi
16. Sorrow, Tears and Blood
17. Sorrow After Testimonials (Scene/Interlude)
18. Dance of the Orisas (Shakara)
19. Rain
20. Coffin for Head of State
21. Kere Kay (Act III)
22. Gentleman (Bows)

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