FELA! Gets Grammy Nom for ‘Best Musical Show Album’

Tony Award winning Broadway musical FELA! – a provocative and wholly unique hybrid of dance, theatre and music, exploring the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti – will be filmed live at London’s National’s Olivier Theatre and broadcast to 86 screens in the United States, 85 Canadian theatres as well as in cinemas in three other continents, totaling 352 venues in 20 countries.

This is a great way to be a part of the show whose cast recording recently received a Grammy nomination for “Best Musical Show Album.” The FELA! – Original Broadway Cast Recording documents the magic of the hit Broadway musical that Ben Brantley of the New York Times called “hot (and seriously cool).” He went on to say that “there has never been anything on Broadway like this production,” and Elysa Gardner of USA Today called it “this decade’s most exhilarating new Broadway musical.”

The FELA! – Original Broadway Cast Recording features the incomparable Sahr Ngaujah as Fela singing with members of the irrepressibly funky Antibalas. All 16 of the Fela compositions that are performed on stage each night, leaving sold-out audiences astonished and breathless at the end of every show, are on the record as are several songs performed by Funmalayo (Fela’s mother) as played by the Tony-award winning Lilias White, and Sandra Izadore (Fela’s American girlfriend) as played by Saycon Sengbloh. The record was produced by the Grammy-nominated Robert Sher.