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


Alex Gibney
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Credited cast:
Fela Kuti ... Self (archive footage)
Yeni Kuti Yeni Kuti ... Self
Femi Kuti Femi Kuti ... Self
Seun Kuti Seun Kuti ... Self
Bill T. Jones ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Okwechime Abdul Okwechime Abdul ... Self
Tony Allen Tony Allen ... Self
Kewe Anikulapo-Kuti Kewe Anikulapo-Kuti ... Self
Antibalas ... Self - Performer
Hettie Barnhill ... Fela Queen
J.K. Braimah J.K. Braimah ... Self
John Darnton John Darnton ... Self
Lemi Ghariokwu Lemi Ghariokwu ... Self
Ogugua Iwelu Ogugua Iwelu ... Self
Sandra Izsadore Sandra Izsadore ... Self


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

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In 2009 a Broadway musical resurrected Africa's greatest musical icon. To the government he was a dangerous revolutionary. To the world he was a musical visionary. But to his people, he was Fela.


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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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5 September 2014 (Ireland) See more »

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