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Joy Keys chats with Performer Adesola Osakalumi about FELA!

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Adesola Osakalumi (pronounced ah-day-SHOW-la • O-sa-ka-LU-mee) is an award-winning actor, choreographer, singer, and dancer who is currently starring in the title role of the Broadway hit musical FELA!, which won three Tony Awards in 2010. His other theatre work includes: Equus (Broadway),Ngwino Ubeho (Sundance Theater Lab),Eyewitness Blues (NYTW), Jam on the Groove(Drama Desk nominee). Adesola’s film work includes: Sex and the City 2, Crazy Beats Strong Every Time, The Accidental Husband, Across the Universe, Enchanted, Idlewild. He has been a choreographer for : Broadway Bares, ESPN, Old Navy, PBS Kids, Halifax Bank, Advil, the films School of Rock  and Marci X. Adesola is a NEA Grant and Bessie Award Recipient. Website: 

Link to Ade’s video reel:

FELA! is based on the life of Fela Kuti, who created Afrobeat—a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies—and mixed these sensual eclectic rhythms with simple but powerful lyrics that openly assailed Nigeria’s corrupt and oppressive dictatorships.

Video trailer for FELA!: