For the first time the story of the legendary music icon, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, takes twist on stage, courtesy of Bolanle Austen Peters productions (BAP) and proudly supported by MTN Foundation. The musical titled ‘Fela and The Kalakuta Queens ran through December and January at the Terrakulture Theater in Lagos. The production was a spectacular stage play that captured the true essence of Fela, most especially the Kalakuta Queens and their influence on his music.
The play, which featured Laitan Adeniji in the titular role as Fela and ultra-talented actresses and dancers Bunmi Olunloyo, Osas Ighodaro, Mawuyo Ogun, Stefanie Bassey, Treasure Ebenezer to mention a few, including Nigerian Nollywood like Kunle Afolayan and Desmond Elliot, painted the stage at Terra kulture with various shades of new revelations.
While Fela is displayed as a loving gentleman (insert eye-roll emoji here), his ‘Queens’ are portrayed as respectable women of the society, who aided Fela in his quest for a revolution, contrary to the label hung over them as prostitutes because they were all wedded to the same man on the same day.
The 3 hours of nonstop entertainment, which was highlighted by the Kalakuta Queens’ hot, sensational and humorous performance, and the rendering of some of Fela’s golden records like Yellow fever, Beast of no nation, Becca, Zombie, all added to make “Fela and the Kalakuta Queens” a resounding success.
In the end, the audience is made to realise that, while some Queens sit on thrones, others dance to keep the kingdom going.