Posted by Afrika Eye on Sep 1, 2014
The story of Afrobeat pioneer, multi-instrumentalist, human rights activist and all round rhythmic genius Fela Kuti is brought to captivating life by Oscar®-winning documentary maker Alex Gibney (ENRON: The Smartest Guys in the Room).
Kuti rose to fame in the 70s by creating Afrobeat, which fused jazz, funk, high life, psychedelic rock and traditional West African chants to become the backdrop to Africa’s postcolonial activism and quest for freedom. It was the sound of rebellion. Despite brutal police beatings and regular raids on the family compound (including one where his 82-year-old mother was thrown out of a window and killed), Kuti never changed tack, and his influence helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria, not to mention promote pan African politics to the rest of the world.
Gibney blends concert and interview footage of Kuti (wild jumpsuits and giant spliffs abound!) with scenes from Broadway musical Fela! to provide new insights into a complex, provocative and undeniably brilliant performer, his music, and his enduring cultural and political relevance.
Afrobeat Party on Fri 5 Sept
Join us in the Café/Bar from 22:00-midnight on Fri 5 Sept for an Afrobeat Party, where our friends from Rise will be playing classics from Fela’s extensive back catalogue alongside classic Afrobeat tracks. Ticket holders for the 19:50 screening will receive priority entry to the party.
Ticket prices: Screenings before 16:00: £5.50 full / £4.00 concessions.
Screenings after 16:00: £8.00 full / £6.50 concessions.