Monday, February 28, 2011

TONY® AWARD WINNING SENSATION FELA In Lagos (APRIL 20-25, 2011)



FELA!, the landmark Broadway musical, which won three Tony Awards (Broadway’s highest honor) including Best Choreography (Bill T. Jones), is coming to Lagos from April 20th to 25th. It will be performed at the prestigious Eko Hotel’s New Expo Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. This critically lauded musical will star its original Broadway cast with Sahr Ngaujah reprising his Tony-nominated role of Fela Kuti with music provided by the internationally renowned Antibalas as well as other members of the New York City Afro-beat community.

Concurrently with the Broadway production, FELA! opened and triumphed at London’s Royal National Theater for a three-month sold-out run. That production was nominated for three Olivier Awards, London theatre’s highest honor, including Best Musical, Best Actor (Sahr Ngaujah) and Best Choreography (Bill T. Jones). This Nigerian engagement will be the first since the closing of the Broadway and London productions and the NTLive performance which was broadcast to in 370 cinemas worldwide.

The aim of FELA! in Lagos is to unite and connect Africans in spirit and unity, to serve as a catalyst for cultural revival in Nigeria, and to celebrate Fela Kuti, for the contribution he has made to Nigeria and the world. FELA! depicts the true story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose soulful Afro beat rhythms ignited the spirit of empowerment and cultural awareness in a generation. It is a tale of courage, passion and love featuring Kuti’s captivating music and the visionary direction and choreography of Tony Award winner, Bill T. Jones. FELA! in Lagos is being produced by a Nigerian production company, Broken Shackles in conjunction with Lagos State Government.



Upon its Broadway opening Ben Brantley of The New York Times wrote, “There should be dancing in the streets. The hot (and seriously cool) energy that comes from the musical gospel preached by the title character of Fela! feels as if it could stretch easily to the borders of Manhattan and then across a river or two. There has never been anything on Broadway like this production.” The New York Post’s Elisabeth Vincentelli cheered, “There’s enough energy to short circuit Con Ed.” David Cote of Time Out New York, in giving it 5 stars (out of 5) raved, “Fela! is more than a musical; it’s an ecstatic phenomenon.” And Jennifer Farrar from the Associated Press exclaimed, “An exuberant celebration!”

The English critics were equally effusive after the London premiere of FELA! One critic, Baz Bamigboye of The Daily Mail, summed up the critical sentiment with his review saying FELA! is a “groundbreaking show that shook Broadway and London’s Royal National Theatre to the rafters. Getting Brits to get on their feet and ‘get loose’ as Bill T. Jones puts it, was a rare feat. FELA! pulled it off by sheer exuberance and theatrical showmanship. At the same time, FELA! explored the soul of an artist and the darkness of a government that tried to block what Fela’s beam exposed.”

In addition to rave reviews from critics, FELA! has also won numerous awards and received standing ovations from such personalities as Mick Jagger, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Spike Lee, Ben Okri, Janet Jackson, Denzel Washington, Professor Wole Soyinka, Robert De Niro, and Hugh Jackman. First lady Michelle Obama, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and President Obama’s Head of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano are but three of the dignitaries who have embraced this show.

Bill T. Jones, director and choreographer of FELA!, was recently honored with the prestigious Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts award along with Sir Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey. The Kennedy Center Honors are awarded annually for exemplary lifetime achievement in the performing arts. FELA!also won two Astaire Awards for its cast and choreography.

FELA! on Broadway was conceived by Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis and Stephen Hendel. Its producers include the entertainment legends Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Will & Jada Pinkett Smith.

A spokeswoman for Broken Shackles suggests that “with a series of media partners and sponsorships, FELA! in Lagos will be the most talked about show in Nigeria for years to come. We have created sponsorship, branding and advertising opportunities for those who wish to be a part of this historic theatrical event.”

For sponsorship, advertising and brand affiliation opportunities, please emailsponsorship@felainlagos.com

For more information on FELA! please visit http://www.felainlagos.com

For all press and public relations matters please email pr@felainlagos.com

For more information on ticketing and group sales please email tickets@felainlagos.com
TWITTER: www.twitter.com/felainlagos

Friday, February 25, 2011

Society HAE Presents AFRIKA21 MIXTAPE

Coverage of Africa’s fundamental weaknesses, - civil war, poverty, and helplessness, has overshadowed the well of talent rapidly emerging from the African Diaspora. With Afrika21, Society HAE will create a massive platform to introduce 21 of Africa's emerging young creatives in the fields of art, music, fashion and film. The Afrika21 project will give audiences a first hand look at 21st century contemporary African culture, and open up a new dialogue about Africa as a go to market place for creative synergy.  The first by product of this project is the AFRIKA21 MIXTAPE, this monthly mixtape will feature songs highlighting the work of Africa's young musicians who are re-defining African music and the continent in general.  Listen and DOWNLOAD the mixtape HERE.



AFRIKA21 vol. 1 Playlist
1.Lakeside - BLK JKS (South Africa)
2.Heartbeat - Nneka (Nigeria)
3.If You Ask Me - Omawumi (Nigeria)
4.See Me Now - MPHO (South Africa)
5.Maria - Tumi (South Africa)
6.Emergency - Iyadede (Rwanda)
7.Dream Chasin - Chiddy Bang (Nigeria)
8.Yaa I Get It - Shad (Rwanda)
9.Mshini Wam - Spoek Mathambo (South Africa)
10.Brand New Masquerade - Mister Rae (Nigeria)
11.Fear Fear Factor - Kahli Abdu (Nigeria)
12.A L'Heure D'Ete - Saison Sรจche - Baloji (Congo)
13.Bonafide - Tabi Bonney (Togo)
14.Music & Lights - Hip Hop Pantsula (South Africa)
15.Share My Blessings - Naeto C feat. Asa (Nigeria)
16.Warm Heart of Africa - The Very Best ft. Theophilus London (Malawi)
17.Licky - African Rock (US)
18.Pracatatumba - Cabo Snoop (Angola)
19.Lagos Town - Afrikan Boy (Nigeria)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

New Video: Black and Yellow - AFRICAN REMIX!!!


Wiz Khalifa Black and Yellow Official Music Video Taylor Gang kush orange juice lil wayne green and yellow Pittsburgh Steelers Green Bay Packers African Remix Naija Boyz Nigerian Nigeria Crank that soulja boy. BTW, I see the "Boyz Are Not Smiling" Tee. Terry tha Rapman's #BANS brand is becoming global.

Monday, February 21, 2011

VIDEO: STR8BUTTAH - MONKEY SEE MONKEY DO


Official video for Str8Buttah's single Monkey See,Monkey Do, produced by XYZ. Directed by Rcube and XYZ. Taken from the upcoming compilation Illastr8 2(The Sequel)

XYZ – Xperimentz Beat Mixtape

Another freebie from the Str8Buttah camp. Nigerian HipHop producer/rapper, XYZ debuts his beat tape.

VIDEO: Akua Naru - Tales Of Men feat. African Footprint



"Tales Of Men" is the third single off the new and highly acclaimed Akua Naru album, "...The Journey Aflame."

VIDEO: Ice Prince - Oleku feat. Brymo


Ice Prince says he's about to explode. No doubt! Here's the much anticipated video for the monster hit "Oleku" which features Brymo. Enjoy!

The Holstar Featuring Rae Diaspora - B.M.S

Another Single Off The Holstar's Upcoming Album "Champion Music" - Black Man Struggling Features Rae Diaspora of Str8 Buttah Nigeria and is Produced by Teckzilla!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Metaphysical Induction:The Mixtape


McSkill tha Preacha finally debuts his "Metaphysical Induction" mixtape, with producer, Stormatique behind the boards. Guest appearances include:- SYNIK(ZIMBABWE), TEMPO, WALE(TEXAS),
JETLAG(TEXAS), SPELL BOUND, D'FLUX


DOWNLOAD HERE 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

VIDEO: Timi Dakolo - Let It Shine


Another classic tune from West Africa Idol winner, Timi Dakolo.

VIDEO: No Be Money - Mo'Cheddah


Mo'Cheddah who recently won a MAMA award is out with a new video. Check it out y'all!

Wale No Days Off Documentary


Here’s Mr. Folarin’s short film documenting his recent show in Atlanta. Directed by RoyalxRae with features from Waka Flocka and more.

VIDEO: Funbi - Clockwork

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

VIDEO: P-square- Possibility featuring 2face idibia


It's the love season y'all....what better way to set things in motion? Erm..ladies get ready to be swept off your feet by P-square and 2face. By the way, loving the afro-centric feel of the video.

Mr Endowed Remix - D'Banj ft. Snoop Dogg (official Video)


D'banj teams up with the rap legend, Snoop Dogg on the remix of "Mr. Endowed". This is history in the making. Africa stand up!!

Naeto C - 10 over 10 (Official Video)


Naeto C is on definitely on the rise. Check out his new video 10/10 off his new album "Super C Season" which is now in stores. Yes boss!!

Friday, February 4, 2011

VIDEO: 1-20 - 100 PERCENT (2011)




Disturbing the Peace and Conjure present: I-20's official music video to 100 Percent (100 % African) produced by DJ Pain 1.

2FACE TO APPEAR ON MO’NIQUE SHOW


One of Nigeria’s biggest musical exports, 2face Idibia will be hosted on popular American talk show, ‘The Mo’nique Show’.
The one hour talk show which airs on BET and is hosted by American comedienne and actress Mo’nique, will see 2face sharing his experiences on being a recognized African act.
We got a call from Mo’nique stating that she wanted 2face on the show.  We agreed and have arranged 2face’s appearance ’, 2face’s manger Efe Omorogbe tells NET.
2face who is on holidays in the US will appear on the talk show on Tuesday, February 8 2011. You will recall that 2face’s smash hit, ‘African queen’ was a featured soundtrack on the movie ‘Phat girlz’ which starred Mo’nique in the lead role as Jazmin Biltmore.

Fecko the Emcee - Flow Global feat. TALoNTED

Check out this spankin' new collaboration from Fecko the Emcee with New Jersey bred rapper TALoNTED. Produced by Teck Zilla.




Thursday, February 3, 2011

Young N9ne - Salt (Mixtape)

MIXTAPE TRACKLIST:
1) Salt Intro*^
2) Salt Baby***^
3) Look To Him***
4) For The Record**^
5) My Life*
6) Remember**
7) One For Another*
8) Beautiful To Me**
9) Outro*^

PRODUCTION CREDITS:
*Epik The Dawn (1,5,7,9)
**KBeatz (4,6,8)
***Life & Death Productions (2,3)
^Dr. Michael Youssef excerpts from "Salt:The Decay Stopper,Living Out The Master's Manifesto,Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009"



A-Q Feat. Iceberg Slim and Xtrim - New #Blackfriday Music 2.

This week's #BlackFriday's track from A-Q is titled 'The Sickness' featuring Iceberg Slim and X-trim.





#BONUS
A-Q - OVERKILLING FEAT. FECKO & MIEKHARRY


SWIZZ BEATZ VS FELA, PART 1


Supa Dupa Producer Kaseem Dean aka Swizz Beatz decides to put his DJ skills to the test on this week’s instalment of Monster Mondays as he pays homage to Afrobeat & African Music legend - Fela Anikulapo Kuti.


1. “Fela Intro”
2. “Touch It (Touch It / Chop & Quench)”
3. “Money in the Bank / Yellow Fever”
4. “Get Me Bodied / No Agreement”
5. “Swing Your Rag / Who No Know Go Know”
6. “It’s Me Snitches / Kalakuta Show”
7. “Tambourine / African Woman”
8. “Check Up On It / Gentleman”
9. “Fela Outro



Wednesday, February 2, 2011

VIDEO: UCHIE FEAT. 5MICS - TRUE LOVE


True Love music video by UCHIE "African Rockstar" from Music House Records

The Fleet Militant Tribute Compilation



Shoutouts to G.A.M.E,Blaqmynd, Karo,Micworx,Thorougbreds,Blight records,Cash in Records,Knighthouse plus all the artistes that featured and a huge thanks to Fleet Militant’s family

1- A Song For Ramat-Jamal,Venomous

2-The Fall Of One, Rise of many Theme- IllBliss

3-Get Up And Move-Rcube

4-Bounce-Kaliphate,Terry Da Rapman

5-Militant-PC Dre,Venomous

6-Razor’s Edge-Kuma,J 28

7- So What- EX-O

8 Soul Diary pt 2- Deck The Nexus

9- Steps- Rcube,Enigma,Venomous

10 Street Poetry-Rez the poet,Protech

11- The Epilogue-Banjo aka Wong Fei hung

12- RISE(Eulogy)- GQ,Animus,Attitude,

13-ALWAYS-Othello,Hakeem

14- The Revolution- Mifliss, Psalmurai,GQ

15- Farewell Song-Str8buttah

16 The Epilogue-Banjo aka Wong Fei hung Remix