Fela Kuti: Music Is The Weapon
Fela Anikulapo Kuti is to African music what Bob Marley is to Reggae : it's Prophet. All contemporary forms of black music (from funk to electronic) owe something to the irresistible groove of which he was the creator: Afrobeat. During his life, Fela never ceased to record more than 60 albums, all mythical. For most of his career he fought against political corruption in his homeland, Nigeria, and was much loved by his people who affectionately called him their "Black President"
Shot in Lagos in 1982, this documentary carries us from the "Kalakuta Republic" to the mythical "Shrine" nightclub. At the height of his popularity in a chaotic Nigeria, Fela wanted to stand for president. The army responded by attacking and ransacking his community, his wives and throwing his mother from a window, who was later to die from her injuries. Coming from yet another time in prison, more determined than ever and surrounded by his wives, Fela transmits to the camera his thoughts on politics, panafricanism, music and religion.