Thursday, September 17, 2009

Fela Kuti Biography

Here is an embed of the first part of a great (1983?) biography on Fela Kuti, a Nigerian-born originator of Afro-beat music (the other parts are available on Youtube as well). It is a great piece of work, and really shows a lot about Fela and his struggle against the Nigerian government of the time. There are some awesome excerpts from some of his live performances, showing the driving grooves, strident political messages, and charismatic stage presence that Fela is known for. Fela Kuti is a perfect example of how someone can use music as a weapon to fight injustice and corruption in society.

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