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Fela’s Son Finally Saw Fela!

Last night the musician Femi Kuti finally saw Fela!, the play based on his legendary musician father (he'd been holding out until the producers promised to bring the play to Lagos, Nigeria, which they agreed to do this week). He liked it! Kuti told the Times, "It’s very emotional. I’ve been crying. It takes me way back ... I’m impressed. It’s an excellent play." Also, in response to a question about his father's songs being shortened for the play: "It has to be presented to the American public the American way. Americans are seeing the story. Nigerians should be seeing the story too.” This is like when journalists got all upset about the accuracy of the fifth season of The Wire, only the exact opposite. [ArtsBeat/NYT]

Photo: Monique Carboni