Wednesday, 22 January 2014

'Fela was ahead of his time' says American filmmaker

With the increasing interest in Fela Anikulapo Kuti subjects, surfacing outside Africa of recent, the late Afrobeat legend is fast becoming the biggest musical export ever from the continent.

Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Latest of such post-Fela works is a film titled Finding Fela!, by Academy Award winner documentary filmmaker, Alex Gibney.
 
The documentary film, which just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival is Fela's biography from youth to his death.
 
One of the archival footage used in the film, according to a source, relays Fela saying  “music is the weapons of the future.”

In response to Fela's prediction,
Gibney said in an interview: “Now is the future,...  We’re definitely catching up with someone who was way ahead of his time"

 Gibney won the Academy award in 2007 for his Taxi to the Dark Side, a documentary on U.S. interrogation abuses in Afghanistan.

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