Dirt: The filthy reality of everyday life is on at the Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE until 31 August 2011. Entry is free. Go to the Wellcome Collection website for more info.
I have definitely got the bum for this kind of dancing, I thought to myself five minutes into Fela!, the musical based on the life of Nigerian musician Fela Kuti. I just didn’t know if I had enough pure joy.
Because that’s what this kind of jazz/funk/afrobeats music and dancing is about: joy. The lyrics might be political and the characters (read: real life Nigerians) might be mistreated but the clothes are bright and sexy and there’s always members of the opposite sex to attract. I can’t remember the last musical I went to in which all the audience members stood up and thrusted their hips about halfway into Act One.
I prescribe one night a month of African beats, tribal jewellery and dancing that would put Beyonce to shame. It would be like cold soup for the soul except less British and more uninhibited and energetic. Failing that, if you fancy an alternative to West End musical-drivel or just need cheering up for a couple of hours, you’ve got 16 more days to get down to Sadlers Wells (Rosebery Avenue, between Farringdon and Angel).
Style And Then Some Tip: Students should go one hour before the performance starts (7.30pm for evening shows) to get discounts on the best available seats. Otherwise, best to book online.