Using his pioneering music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), FELA! explores Kuti’s controversial life as artist, political activist and revolutionary musician.
In 1955, he became the first African-American male dancer to become a permanent member of a major ballet company, in his case, the School of American Ballet. In 1969, Arthur Mitchell co-founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem.
Friends told me, ‘DC’ meant ‘Dark City,’ so I packed my bags and headed for a year in “The Nation’s Capital” – Washington, District of Columbia, U-S of A. The day is a Saturday, 12th October, and The Million-Man March is scheduled for Monday.
The term “ESN” was a popular label given to black children, particularly boys, and those new to British schools. As low expectations lead to low achievements, this ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’ may well have become fact had it not been for my mother’s tenacity, regular elocution lessons, and private tuition from a band of strict Catholic nuns.