Fela.. Arrest The music

 Fela: Arrest the Music! is the celebration of the life of one of Africa’s iconic musicians, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, a man who took on fire, water, earth and wind with only one weapon in his hand – music.

This musical, which is one of the finest representation of the musician on stage in modern times, premiered at the 20th MUSON Festival opening in 2016. It showed for 3 days of 6 shows with the hall filled to capacity for all the shows.

Excerpts from the musical was later featured same year at the closing night of the African International Film Festival (AFFRIF) at the Eko Hotel to an admirable audience appeal and a final standing ovation.

 Fela: Arrest the Music! featured the shakers and movers of the industry both in directorial and acting capacity which include Gideon Okeke, Arese Ekmopae, Dolapo Philips, Patrick Diabuah to mention but a few.

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This is not just a musical, it’s a music call.

Fela: Arrest the music.

Fela

Declassical in collaboration with MUSON will hold for the first time a pre-festival week. This is a week of events preceeding the annual MUSON Festival. As part of the events for the week, we will be staging the musical, Fela: Arrest the music at the Agip Hall of the MUSON Center.

Date: Friday 14th – Sunday 16th October

Venue: MUSON Center

Time: 3pm & 7pm each day

Tickets: 5k, Regular , 10k, Standard, 20k, Vip

The musical is also an integral part of the Felabration which comes up the same month.

BACKGROUND

   Africans are known to be gifted and a lot of innovations have come out of this race but these great feats most often go uncelebrated. The achievements of a regular African is one that is even more downplayed in his own territory. Europeans now are owning, studying and celebrating what originally belongs to us.

   Fela: Arrest the Music! is the celebration of the life of one of Africa’s iconic musicians, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, a man who took on fire, water, earth and wind with only one weapon in his hand – music. While the music itself gave us joy and an escape from the concerns of our everyday lives, the musician himself continued to be pummeled and hack down by different forces who tried to arrest his music. But for the sake of Africa, he did not give up even till the point of demise.

DIRECTORS

This piece will be directed by the giant trio in the industry. The directors of SARO and WAKAA the musical.

Kenneth Uphopho – Artistic Director

Gbenga Yusuf – Dance Director

Ayo Ajayi – Music Director

Paul Ugbede – Script Writer

SYNOPSIS

A story was told of how a band of soldiers came to Fela’s Afro Club to arrest Fela. It was during one of Fela’s scintillating performances, one of his numerous abrasions with the men in uniform. Fela’s music was blaring from strategic horns. And the soldiers came; loads upon loads of them, one thousand in all.

 

As Fela crooned and danced away in ecstatic abandon, the soldiers, also in ecstasy of the potency of their weapons, jumped down from their vehicles in commando style – one thousand of them – and swooned down on the club. Their commander, who seem to be the most fired up of all, came forward and bellowed in an erratic voice that boomed over the horn speakers; “Arrest the music! Arrest the music!”

 

Well, Fela was arrested that day…but not his music. If the music was arrested, we wouldn’t be here today. It is more than 25 years from the day of the incident. The men in Uniform have long gone. But Fela’s music is still with us. Lesson: No one can arrest music. Music is life. Music is living and we that are living must realize the role of music to shapen our lives.

This is not just a musical, it’s a music call.