WATCH Will Smith Pay Tribute To Fela Kuti
Hollywood actor Will Smith recalls the master piece play he, alongside Jay Z and Jada Pinkett Smith did about late Nigerian afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
Taking to his Instagram page on Friday, January 5, 2018, Smith stated that ‘his life was deep’. He shared some throwback photos of himself and other crew members taken in year 2010.
Back then, ‘Fela’ got 11 nominations at the Tony Awards, including “Best Musical” and “Best Leading Actor In A Musical.” The Tony Awards were handed to Fela! for “Best Costume Design,” “Best Sound Design” and “Best Choreography.”
Recalling the ‘Fela!’ moment, Smith said, “May 20, 2010. We all produced a play together on Broadway called FELA. It was about the late Nigerian Artist / Activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti. We were nominated for 11 Tony Awards!!! Look up FELA. His life was DEEP!”
See the throwback photos below;
FELA! explores Kuti’s controversial life as artist, political activist and revolutionary musician, featuring many of Fela Kuti’s most captivating songs. It was directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones with a book by Jim Lewis.