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You think you know Fela, you have no idea!

10 Sep

FINDING FELA” 

dir. by Academy Award Winner Alex Gibney 

Out now in cinemas across the UK  http://findingfela.co.uk/screenings

Out of Africa review by Agnes Kuye

★★★★

Finding Fela Dogwoof Documentary 6Finding Fela is a must see documentary depicting Fela Kuti’s life brilliantly narrated by family, friends, business associates and all who loved him. From Fela’s youth days growing up in church to performing with his band Koola Lobitos, Africa & 70 and then Egypt 80. Featuring fantastic unseen footage and visuals of  Fela on his spiritual and political music journey  through life .

Fela Kuti is an important part of Nigeria’s history often relentless and unafraid of his oppressors. A true man of the people, the more he was chastised the more powerful his music became. From the portrayal of the legendary  AFRO beat musician  it is easy to see he was 30/40 years ahead of his time.

Throughout the documentary I felt I was on an emotional roller coaster  often comical, immensely  sad at times, angry but mostly empowered and  proud .

There are some great narrations from Seun, Yeni & Femi kuti, Ghariokwu  Lemi, Rick Stein, Tony Allen, Dele Sosimi, Sandra Izsadore and many  more.

Finding Fela Dogwoof Documentary 7AFRO beat is protest music, we all know this but Finding Fela gives you true meaning  to when, where and why  these iconic songs were birthed.

I am a die hard Fela fan and I was amazed at this in-depth,  powerful  and profound film.

MUSIC IS FOR REVOLUTION!!!  The long list of FELA’s music documented in the film can make any musician feel inadequate. Classical African music is my preferred terminology for Fela Kuti’s music as revealed  in the film.

Fela is our Hero and Legend, the greatest musician to come out of AFRICA.

You don’t have to be a Fela fan or even know Fela’s music to see this film. MUSIC  IS THE WEAPON

Fela Kuti – Reference Links
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fela_Kuti
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finding_Fela

 

Fela! triumphs at Tony Awards 2010

14 Jun

Fela! the musical triumphs at the Tony’s taking home three awards – Best Choreography win for Bill T Jones – ohttp://bit.ly/bFCTbn

Everyone say “Yeah, Yeah!”

http://www.felaonbroadway.com/index.php

Fela! on Broadway get your tickets now!

24 Nov

With the amazing launch of Fela! on Broadway last night which saw producers Jay Z , Will Smith and Jada Smith dancing in the aisles spending New Year’s in New York is looking ever more tempting if only to catch the acclaimed Fela!

“There has never been anything on Broadway like this production!”  –  The New York Times

“FELA! breaks the mold” – Variety

“There’s no better dancing on Broadway than what’s currently on view in Fela!, directed and choreographed by Bill T. Jones and now playing the Eugene O’Neill Theatre following a successful Off-Broadway run at 37 Arts last year. The sheer exuberance of the performers makes this bio-musical about Nigerian activist, composer, and performer Fela Anikulapo Kuti an exciting and richly rewarding theatrical experience.” – TheatreMania

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