6 June 2014 8:33 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

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Whilst drumming up support for his new Broadway musical, Fela!, producer Stephen Hendel described Nigerian Afrobeat exponent Fela Kuti as "without question one of the great composers and musicians and activists of the second half of the 20th century." It sounds like a bold claim on first consideration, but becomes all the harder to dismiss after soaking in the sights and sounds of prolific documentarian Alex Gibney's Finding Fela (2014). A soulful 'Felabration' of the magnetic Kuti, archive footage of the snake-hipped lothario is here interspersed with a live recording of the hugely successful Fela!, the first Broadway show to ever make the journey from New York to the bustling Nigerian capital city of Lagos.

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