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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A complicated man and a gifted musician. It touches on the political background in Nigeria - I am ashamed to say I had forgotten about the starving Biafran children which was a bloody disgrace. Fela needed to be brave to stand up to the Government. Musically - what a beat! and the dancing is raw.
Gibney used to be one of my fave docu directors, but he's fallen off the mark in more recent work. Here, while the Bill T. Jones segments were interesting, the film doesn't succeed in finding Fela (the stage show narrative) nearly as well as the stage show itself does in finding the man. The bit about not wanting to delve into AIDS for the show was interesting. 3.5 stars