When musicians who are outside the world of theater mash their work with Broadway, the result can be decidedly mixed. (As a certain webslinger has shown us) In spite of that, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 has made a strong case for the union of these two fields with the video for “Rise.” Directed by Juliet Rios & Gabe Imlay, it features Seun leading his band, surrounded by dancers from the FELA! Broadway musical. Throughout the clip, Seun carries forward his father’s protests, imploring Africa to “rise up,” while dancers push against walls adorned with drawings of diamonds, soldiers & mosquitoes.
Directed by: Juliet Rios & Gabe Imlay
Choreography: Maija Garcia
Production Company: The Wilderness