Wednesday, 22 January 2014

‘Finding Fela’-New Documentary On Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Finding Fela, is a documentary that is intertwined between late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti political and music expression of his life, which has been premiered at the 30th edition of the Sundance Film Festival and chronicled by Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney, Fela was portrayed as a contradictory,  deeply charismatic and complicated figure in Nigeria during the the ’70s and ’80s, playing perfectly a similar counter-cultural role like Bob Dylan in America in the 60s and Bob Marley political theme songs.

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Kuti’s life, troubles and music were in his latest documentary, "Finding Fela," which premiered Friday at the Sundance Film Festival. Gibney is the man behind docs like "The Armstrong Lie" and "Taxi to the Dark Side."
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Zombie’ the album that changed Afrobeat genre politically and had a deadly and devastating consequences on Fela, his family and friends was described as his trouble , the album caricatured the soldiers and military who followed orders blindly, this was why it was banned from the radio, despite extreme popularity with the people, and led to a raid on his compound called Kalakata Republic, where many were beaten, raped and even killed. His mother was dragged upstairs by the military and thrown from a second-story window.
According to the documentary’s synopsis, Fela Anikulapo Kuti created the musical movement Afrobeat and used it as a political forum to oppose the Nigerian dictatorship and advocate for the rights of oppressed people. This is the story of his life, music, and political importance.

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