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Music Is the Weapon (1982)

Musique au poing (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 1982 (France)
FELA KUTIis 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 ... See full summary »

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Jean-Jacques Flori, Stéphane Tchalgadjieff (as Stephane Tchal-Gadjieff)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Fela Kuti ... Himself (as Fela Anikulapo Kuti)
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Martin Luther King ... Himself (English-language version) (archive footage)
Pope John Paul II ... Himself (both versions)
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FELA KUTIis 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. 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contains interviews with Fela detailing his thoughts on politics, Pan-Africanism, music and religion, alongside unpublished versions of songs like ITT, Army Arrangement and Power Show.

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The definitive film on FELA, the Black President, the creator of Afro-beat!

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Documentary | Music

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Not Rated
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Country:

France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon See more »

Filming Locations:

Lagos, Nigeria

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(French-language) | (English-language)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.44 : 1
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re: an eye opening account of music and politics of Nigeria
6 June 2006 | by guitarphilSee all my reviews

This is a great documentary that serves as a brilliant introduction not only to the amazingly funky rhythm's of Fela's contribution to music i.e. Afro-Beat, but also to the ragged state of African Politics.

Fela was a brilliant musician but in addition to this he offered a vision of a new Nigeria that was free of totalitarian control and promoted an African identity free from western influence.

The doc. itself is well put together and features some exciting performances live from Fela's club which is worth the admission price alone.

Check it out.


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