As far as Africa is concerned, music cannot be for enjoyment. Music has to be for revolution. –Fela Anikulapo Kuti
Luckily for all of us, the Sundance Film Festival was not the only opportunity to see award-winning director Alex Gibney’s Finding Fela. This exciting documentary is currently making its way across the country to bring Kuti’s musical and political legacy to a theater near you. Rather than fully delve into Kuti’s musician genius or solely focus on his political importance, Gibney’s film demonstrates how any attempt to express the true essence of Fela Kuti’s life must tell the two stories simultaneously. Reminding past, present and future Kuti admirers that music and revolution are not mutually exclusive, Finding Fela guides you through Kuti’s journey as a musician, rebel, scholar and political icon.
For screening dates and locations, photos, insights and music from the film, check out http://findingfela.com
And if you’re on the fence about it, here’s a short trailer to give you a little extra