Jay-Z signs up as co-producer for Fela Kuti Broadway musical

Rapper teams up with Will Smith to help out production

Jay-Z has joined forces with Hollywood star Will Smith to help produce a Broadway musical about Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.

The rapper has invested in the show ‘Fela’ and is due to make an appearance when it opens in New York‘s Eugene O’Neill Theatre next Monday (November 23), reports Billboard.

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

The show portrays the life of the late Nigerian multi-instrumentalist and political activist, who died in 1997.