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Finding Fela

Finding FelaNigerian musician Fela Kuti passed away in 1997 in relative obscurity, but the father of Afrobeat rose in fame posthumously thanks largely to Fela!Finding FelaDocumentaryPT119MNigerian musician Fela Kuti passed away in 1997 in relative obscurity, but the father of Afrobeat rose in fame posthumously thanks largely to Fela!2014-08-01
FINDING FELA Fela Anikulapo Kuti

FINDING FELA Fela Anikulapo Kuti (Francis Kertekian/Rikki Stein)

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Finding Fela

Genre: Documentary; Starring: Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti; Director: Alex Gibney; Runtime (in minutes): 119

Nigerian musician Fela Kuti passed away in 1997 in relative obscurity, but the father of Afrobeat rose in fame posthumously thanks largely to Fela!, a biographical Broadway musical that premiered in 2009. Directed by Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side), Finding Fela alternates between behind-the-scenes stories about Fela!’s development and a more general talking-head biography of Fela. Neither track goes deep enough to get a complete picture. And the abundance of his funky, inspirational music included in the film becomes numbing — an unfortunate result for such a complicated, passionate pop figure. C