Finding Fela

Academy Award winning director Alex Gibney returns to UK screens this week with Finding Fela, a compelling portrait of visionary Nigerian musician and social activist, Fela Kuti. If you’re not clued up, Fela Anikulapo Kuti is the the man widely credited with creating (or at least popularising) Afrobeat, and who then went on to use it as a form of political protest against the Nigerian dictatorship, becoming a revolutionary, hero and legend. Gibney splices interviews with family, friends and bandmates with footage culled from 1,200 hours of film and then weaves in scenes from the Broadway production of Fela! during its run in Lagos. Don’t miss it! (Update: just watched the film – brilliant).