Celebrating an icon and his Kalakuta Queens
In 2017, Nigerian Bolanle Austen-Peters decided to tell the story of the women who stood by and supported Afrobeat legend and Icon, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. The musical chronicles Nigerian Afrobeat legend birth, activism and his non-traditional family. It explores the life of the legend Fela, and the women that were an integral part of his band.
Fela's Republic & The Kalakuta Queens' (2019) by BAP ProductionsOriginal Source: Terra Kulture
The musical is one of the biggest to come out of Africa. Over 120,000 people have watched it and its been shwon in Nigeria, Egypt and South Africa.
"Today na my birthday oh..." (2017-12-06) by BAP ProductionsTerra Kulture
Fela's Republic & the Kalakuta Queens is a never been told historical piece depicting the defiance of a legend and the lives of his women.
Fela's Republic & the Kalakuta Queens' Opening (2019) by BAP ProductionsOriginal Source: Terra Kulture
The musical is a unique insight into the inner walls of Fela's Kalakuta Republic. It reveals the women and their unique fashion, dance and African identities.
African Woman Dancing the Fire Dance (2019) by BAP ProductionsOriginal Source: Terra Kulture
The Kalakuta Queens were a source of strength and inspirational support to Fela.
The Queens Resist the Police (2019) by BAP ProductionsOriginal Source: Terra Kulture
The Kalakuta Queens endured intimidation and torture from the police and the general public due to their involvement with Fela.
The Kalakuta queens praising Abami Eda, Fela (2019-03-01) by BAP ProductionsTerra Kulture
Fela's women were ready to stand with and join him in his fight against the corrupt government.
Fela's Republic & the Kalakuta Queens' on Stage in Pretoria (2019) by BAP ProductionsOriginal Source: Terra Kulture
The Kalakuta Queens were known for their energetic and beautiful dance moves. They each contributed with a unique aspect to his performances. They were in particular known for their fire dance.
The Queens perform a dance (2017-12-01) by BAP ProductionsTerra Kulture
Traditional beads as jewellery adorned the neck and hair of the dancers. African motives designed with traditional white chalk which has evolved into modern day tattoos.
"African Woman go dance the fire dance" (2017-12-10)Terra Kulture
The Kalakuta Queens are an inspiration to this day.