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Fela Kuti: Music is the Weapon1982

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Fela Kuti is to African music what Bob Marley is to reggae: its prophet. All contemporary forms of black music, from funk to electronic, owe something to the irresistible groove of the Afrobeat sound that he created. He recorded more than 60 albums and spent a lifetime fighting against political corruption in his homeland of Nigeria, where the people affectionately called him their "Black President." Shot in Lagos at the peak of his career in 1982, this documentary contains interviews with Fela detailing his thoughts on politics, Pan-Africanism, music and religion, alongside unpublished versions of songs like "ITT", "Army Arrangement" and "Power Show". For all who wish to know more about an artist at the heart of African musical history, FELA KUTI: MUSIC IS THE WEAPON is an essential film.

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The portrait the film draws of Fela Kuti is so colorful and compelling. The artistry of Fela and his "Queens faces" is as bright as Nigerian politics is dark. However, Fela is partisan to a very different culture so I differ from his opinions. He claims his country has been ruined by capitalism, communism, Christianity and Islam. He believes the traditional gods of Nigeria and Africanism can save them. I believe that corruption can and probably has destroyed Africanism as it has the four above named Western institutions. For some not too mysterious reason, this movie makes me think of Dick Cheney.

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The portrait the film draws of Fela Kuti is so colorful and compelling. The artistry of Fela and his "Queens faces" is as bright as Nigerian politics is dark. However, Fela is partisan to a very different culture so I differ from his opinions. He claims his country has been ruined by capitalism, communism, Christianity and Islam. He believes the traditional gods of Nigeria and Africanism can save them. I believe that corruption can and probably has destroyed Africanism as it has the four above named Western institutions. For some not too mysterious reason, this movie makes me think of Dick Cheney.

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Very eye opening!

He is a Legend. This is so inspiring and inciteful

Excellent documentary! I saw the play in October.....nice to see Fela and the wives.... Love the music!

Good, but i do not like when he stays with just his underwear.