BAP presents ‘Fela and the Kalakuta Queens’

Fela and the Kalakuta Queens’, a musical stage play that tells the story of the late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti and his 27 wives, hit the stage on Sunday, December 10 at Terra Culture, amidst funfair.

The play reflects Fela’s activism and marriage to his 27 wives whom he described as his source of strength and inspirational support amidst constant political intimidation and brutalization

Fela, played by musician-cum actor Laitan Adeniji, took the viewers on a journey of the Abami Eda’s selflessness and loyalty by his Kalakuta Queens, military invasion and brutality and disrespect from the society.

Produced by Bolanle Austin Peters for BAP productions, ‘Fela and the Kalakuta Queens’ is a play that left no stone untouched in the process of telling its story from the costume, stage design and vocal prowess by the actors by depicting Fela’s slangs as used in the Kalakuta compound.

The play gave perfect details of daily activities of the late legend and his backup dancers, who eventually became his legal wives as a result of them being pronounced as prostitutes, a situation which made Fela marry them all on the same day.

Some of the scenes shows how Malaika, a foreign lady who eventually became Fela’s mistress, came in but was sent off by Fela’s wives. They were jealous of her getting much attention from their husband, despite the regular wrestling by the queens on who spends the night in Kalakondo (Fela’s room).

The stage play, however portrays a notion that love for one another was never washed away by hatred; not forgetting the rules of the Kalakuta yard which states that if one is accused of any crime there must be at least one eye witness, else, the case would be overruled.

Songs like Sorrow, Tears and Blood, Zombie, Gentleman, Democrazy, Teacher, Shakara and lots more were performed at the end of each scene to back up the play in a way which gives perfect meaning to the play.

In attendance at the musical stage play were two of the late legend’s wives Lola and Laide.


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