Fela! Moves To Its Own Rhythm At Arsht Center
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MIAMI (CBS4) – With rave reviews on three continents, the musical Fela! is a mixture of emotions, dance and theater which explores the world of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti.
“Fela! is a prolific story about a great man’s journey; Fela Kuti, a Nigerian activist, writer and composer,” said singer Michelle Williams. “Think of Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, James Brown in one person but he’s Fela Kuti, pioneer of the Afrobeat.”
Michelle Williams, formerly of Destiny’s Child, plays Sandra Isadore – Fela’s girlfriend and teacher.
“She helped to politicize his music. She helped to give him a formal foundation so she could give him more knowledge about why he was so passionate, about what he was passionate about,” Williams said.
Playing Fela’s best friend is Miami native Gelan Lambert, a first generation Haitian American, who has been described as a brilliant tap dancer by Broadway theatre critics.
“It’s definitely a show with a lot of energy. It’s dancing non-stop for two and a half hours,” said Lambert.
Williams reunited with her Destiny’s Child sisters Beyonce and Kelly Rowland last January to perform during the Super bowl halftime. Williams said her time with Destiny’s Child left not just a great impression on her, but also on those who enjoyed their music.
“I believe a great impact was made, that we were blessed to be used to impact the music industry and the lives of other people” she explained.
For now, William is hoping fans will come out and see her on the South Florida stage in Fela!
Fela! runs through March 24th at The Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.