Jay-Z helping on 'afrobeat musical'

17/11/09

Jay-Z

Jay-Z has joined the production team for a new 'afrobeat musical' set to open on Broadway.

He joins actress Jada Pinkett Smith on working on Fela!, a production based on the life of Nigerian multi-instrumentalist Fela Kuti.

The show is expected to open on 23 November at New York's Eugene O'Neill Theatre.

Credited as one of afrobeat's founders, the musician and political activist, Fela Kuti died in 1997.

Music for the show has been aranged by the Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra who have previously contributed to albums by Foals and TV On The Radio.