‘Fela and the Kalakuta Queens’, a stage musical by Bolanle Austen-Peters, Nigerian filmmaker, is set for screening across South African cinemas as from September.

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The movie director broke the news in a statement sent to TheCable Lifestyle on Friday.

According to the statement, the stage play would make its debut at cinemas at a yet-to-be-identified date in September with the screening scheduled to last through October.

It said the screening was inspired by Austen-Peters’ BAP productions and Terra Kulture Arts and Studios in collaboration with the South African State Theatre (SAST).

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The statement added that the move was also made possible due to a partnership with Ster-kinekor, the leading South African cinema chain.

Speaking on the development, Austen-Peters, said it was exciting to receive the news of partnership from Aubrey Sekabi, the artistic director of SAST.

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“It is indeed exciting times in the African Theatre industry and BAP Production is proudly flying the Nigerian flag internationally,” it read.

“It is the first time a Nigerian stage play has been converted to screen, after successful outings in Cairo Egypt, Pretoria South Africa, Lagos and Abuja.”

Created and directed by Austen-Peters, ‘Fela and the Kalakuta Queens’ chronicles the life and times of the Fela Kuti, the late music icon.

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The project is supported by the Estate of Fela Anikulapo Kuti.



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