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Forward 'Nigun Project' Contributor Nominated for a Tony

By Gabrielle Birkner

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The Forward has a Tony Award nominee in its midst.

The nominations were announced today, and among those up for Broadway’s top honor is Sahr Ngaujah — nominated for his leading role in the musical “Fela!” about the life of the Nigerian afrobeat musician Fela Kuti.

As you may remember, Sahr worked with Forward artist-in-residence Jeremiah Lockwood, of “The Sway Machinery,” to create the first installment of The Nigun Project. Over the course of the next year, Jeremiah will be collaborating with a range of other musicians on new versions of old nigunim, or Jewish songs without words.

Listen to Jeremiah and Sahr’s reinterpretation of Reb Nachman’s nigun here.

The Tony awards ceremony will be held on June 13.


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