Episode #1042

Fela, Sounding Black, Leibovitz

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Studio 360 Episode 1042, Fela, Sounding Black, Leibovitz With direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones, "Fela!" is a provocative hybrid of concert, dance and musical theater. (Monique Carboni)

Hear how Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti inspired choreographer Bill T. Jones' new musical, "Fela!" Performer Sarah Jones explores what it means to sound black in the age of Obama. And Kurt visits America's leading portrait photographer, Annie Leibovitz, in her studio.

Fela Kuti

The Nigerian musician, activist, and father of Afrobeat inspired a generation of artists -- one of whom is choreographer Bill T. Jones. Kurt talks with Jones about his new Broadway musical "Fela!" which celebrates the art and life of a music legend.


What Does it Mean to Sound Black?

Black is not just a skin color; it's a quality of voice. Sarah Jones, the Tony Award-winning performer, talks with linguist John McWhorter about what it means to sound black today. They look at how Barack Obama has used his "blaccent" to drive audiences wild. Produced ...

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My Grandmother's Dress

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