Style & Then Some

Fela! at Sadlers Wells – shake it like a technicolour picture

Fela Sadlers Wells August 2011 Fela Kuti London Dance 2011
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.

Fela Sadlers Wells August 2011 Fela Kuti Dance London

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.


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