The long-awaited Musical Society of Nigeria Festival (MUSON), 20th edition kick-started on the 14th of October with the performance of Fela Arrest the Music; a Musical Theatre, based on the life and music of Afro-beat legend-Fela Anikulapo Kuti, written by Paul Ugbede and directed by Kenneth Uphopho. This was MUSON’s way of acknowledging the contribution of Fela to good music which is what the institution stand’s for.
The play was produced by an alumnus of MUSON Ayo who also served as the music director for the production. I did enjoyed myself as I decided not be a critical audience at this point. All I wanted to do was to have some fun. I like the swift transition from one scene to the other. The music helped in advancing the story. The light did not fall short of the aesthetics for which it was basically employed for in this context. I also like the simplicity of the set. I however thought the performance ended abruptly. Something the producer and director need to look into if they are planning to take this performance beyond Muson and before a paid audience.
It was not a bad show in all. Well-done . If you missed the production, here are some shots I took to whet your appetite. Have some fun. The MUSON Festival continues till the 30th, October 2016.