New in 2013: Femi Kuti tour; Michelle Williams joins 'Fela!'; Peter Brook at BAM
MISANI Special to the AmNews | 1/22/2013, 3 p.m.
Africa Sings! And the world is its stage as 2013 unfolds enchantingly, ushering in exciting new vistas for the Grammy-nominated Afrobeat superstar Femi Kuti, the Tony Award-winning musical "Fela!" and the Brooklyn Academy of Music's critically acclaimed Peter Brook production of the "The Suit," a play based on the novel by the South African author Daniel Canodoce "Can" Themba, starring William Nadylam and Nonhlanhla Kheswa.
We invite you to join us as we journey forth into the realm of avant-garde entertainment vibrantly alive with conscientious messages delivered by liberated artists, creators and presenters striving to make this a more humane world.
Femi Kuti 2013 U.S. Tour
Nigerian superstar Femi Kuti, along with his electrifying band the Positive Force and troupe of dancers, launched his eagerly awaited U.S. tour on Jan. 7 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. They hit Boulder, Colo., on Jan. 15 and will be in Solana Beach, Calif., on Jan. 17; Los Angeles, Jan. 18; San Francisco, Jan. 19; Chicago, Jan. 21; Boston, Jan. 23; Philadelphia, Jan. 24; and Washington, D.C., Jan. 25. On Saturday, Jan. 26, they will perform at Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St.
In addition to his wide-ranging hits, Kuti and Positive Force will preview material from the forthcoming album "No Place for My Dream," which features tracks such as "Nothing to Show for It," "The World Is Changing," "No Work, No Job, No Money," "Politic Na Big Bizness" and "One Man Show."
Kuti, who honored "Africa Sings!" as its 2010 Cycle 2 host, will again be our host for Winter 2013. We're elated and know we're in for a unique treat as we try to keep up with the fantastic musician, one of the most prolific international entertainers and activists in show business today. "Africa Sings!" highly recommends you visit www.websterhall.com to purchase your tickets now for the biggest, baddest fte on the planet.
joins 'Fela!' Cast
As "Fela!" hits the road for its 2013 national tour, an exciting addition has been announced: Michelle Williams, the Grammy-winning recording artist and former member of Destiny's Child. The show is produced by Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, and Ruth and Stephen Hendel, with Bill T. Jones directing.
The tour opens Jan. 29 in Washington, D.C., and continues in Detroit, Feb. 12-17; Chicago, Feb. 19-23; Charlotte, N.C., Feb. 25-26; Atlanta, Feb. 28-March 31; Schenectady, N.Y., March 8-9; Miami, March 19-24; Cleveland, April 2-4; Tucson, Ariz.; April 12-13; Tempe, Ariz., April 23-24; Los Angeles, April 25-May 5; Dallas, May 7-19; and Seattle, May 28-June 2.
"Africa Sings!" is hyped about the "Fela!" tour and will be sharing key moments and highlights of what promises to be a fantastic journey in celebration of cultural and social justice. We'll share our exclusive Hendel interview next week, with the who, what, where and when. In the meantime, email your friends in the cities listed above to let them know: "Fela!" is coming! Visit www.felaonbroadway.com.
BAM puts on 'The Suit'
"The Suit," with direction, adaptation and music by Peter Brook, Marie-Helene Estienne and Franck Krawczyk, will run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton St., from Jan. 17 to Feb. 2.
Set in Johannesburg during South Africa's apartheid era, "The Suit" revolves around marital infidelity and revenge. This staging features the Paris-based, Cameroonian/Reunion Island actor William Nadylam and South African actress/singer Nonhlanhla Kheswa.
"Africa Sings!" is overjoyed to have the wonderful Nadylam, who was our very special Cycle 7 host, back in NYC in this highly anticipated production of "The Suit," which he told us about in 2011. We strongly suggest you order your tickets now. Visit BAM.org.