Fela’s documentary gets positive reviews

Onyeka Ibeanusi  | Thursday, 23 January 2014 | 950 Total Views


Legendary Nigerian Music Icon Fela gets yet another international recognition. In 2011, FELA!, a stage play produced by Jay-Z, Beyonce and Will Smith documenting his life became an instant success. 

A new documentary – Finding Fela – profiling the late Nigerian music icon, was one of the 18 movies screened at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The festival took place from Thursday 16th January 2014 to Wednesday 22nd January 2014 at Park City, Utah. 

Finding Fela is directed by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney. At the premiere, Gibney, his production crew as well as Fela Kuti’s daughter Yeni Kuti who was a dancer for her father, were present.

Read excerpt of Sundance review below;

No individual better embodies African music of the 1970s and ’80s—and its pivotal role in postcolonial political activism—than Fela Kuti. After quickly taking his native Nigeria by storm, the pioneering musician’s confrontational Afrobeat sound soon spread throughout the continent and beyond, even as it made determined enemies of the repressive Nigerian military regime. As a result of continued persecution, increasingly unorthodox behavior, and, eventually, complications due to HIV, Kuti’s final years saw his musical output and influence wane.