Atlanta gears up for hit Broadway musical 'Fela!'
- ATLANTA The official launch party to celebrate the return of Fela! to Atlanta took place Friday at a funky venue in the downtown district.
The evening, organized by Spread Love and the co-producers of the multiple Tony-Award-winning Broadway musical Knitting Factory, was a well-attended interactive music and art event.
Among other things, the night at 595 North featured live art, exhibits, face painting and performances by African drummers and dancers.
The evening kicked off with a VIP reception, followed by a club night of eclectic music, including Fela Kuti-inspired music and soulful Afrobeat rhythms.
Brad Spencer, director of brand strategy at Knitting Factory Entertainment, flew into Atlanta from Los Angeles for the pre-promotional weekend. âItâs [Fela!] an opportunity to perhaps discover, or rediscover, this amazing and influential musical style called Afrobeat, which derived from another West African music genre called Highlife.â