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Finding Fela! (2014)

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A look at the life and music of Nigerian singer Fela Kuti.

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Alex Gibney
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Cast

Credited cast:
Fela Kuti ... Himself (archive footage)
Yeni Kuti Yeni Kuti ... Herself
Femi Kuti Femi Kuti ... Himself
Seun Kuti Seun Kuti ... Himself
Bill T. Jones ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Okwechime Abdul Okwechime Abdul ... Himself
Tony Allen Tony Allen ... Himself
Kewe Anikulapo-Kuti Kewe Anikulapo-Kuti ... Herself
Antibalas ... Himself - Performer
Hettie Barnhill Hettie Barnhill ... Fela Queen
J.K. Braimah J.K. Braimah ... Himself
John Darnton John Darnton ... Himself
Lemi Ghariokwu Lemi Ghariokwu ... Himself
Ogugua Iwelu Ogugua Iwelu ... Himself
Sandra Izsadore Sandra Izsadore ... Herself
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A look at the life and music of Nigerian singer Fela Kuti.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 2015 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Fela Kuti - Il potere della musica See more »

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Jigsaw Productions See more »
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Winner Canadian Music Week Film Fest 2014 Best Film Award. See more »

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Searching for Fela and finding a mess
15 August 2014 | by xWRLSee all my reviews

For something that seems thrown together, this is an enjoyable documentary. The musical segments alone are worth the price of admission, and the developing sense of Fela's place in the canon of world pop singers is a great bonus.

Along with snippets of actual performances, there's a lot of footage of interviews with a dozen people close to him, including family and band members, and a few brief interviews with Fela himself. The interviews are well chosen and often moving.

But the fun is lessened by a few flaws.

Many of the most colorful parts of the film were filmed in the 1980's and 1990's in low resolution, so the images are very fuzzy. Still, these scenes are among the most memorable, and they may well have been the best that were available.

Fela's performances excited his fans, but the documentary offers only a partial, poorly organized account of his growth into a superstar. Each individual segment is informative enough, but the sequencing of segments film seems haphazard with little coherence or concern for building on what came before.


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