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Fela Kuti: Music Is The Weapon

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Tony Allen was the drummer and musical director of Fela Kuti's band Africa 70 from 1968 to 1979. Bernard Benant hide caption

t’s no surprise that Red Hot has dedicated a second volume of their series to the music of Fela, the pioneer of Afrobeat and himself a victim of AIDS, the disease that Red Hot raises money to fight. Since the 2002 release of Red Hot & Riot, Fela’s and Afrobeat’s stars have continued to rise, culminating in the long-running musical on Broadway.

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Although Music is The Weapon is generally viewed as the definitive documentary on the life and music of Fela Kuti, Teacher don’t Teach Me Nonsense is a high quality documentary from 1985 that contains both an up close interview with the creator of Afrobeat and fragments of his legendary gig at the famous Glastonbury festival in the year 1984. This documentary is available as part of the first part of a Fela Kuti Anthology detailing his entire musical career. Two more installments will be released.

It's a good bet that most American audiences have never met the music of Fela Kuti, let alone know about his life or the politics of Nigeria. So it falls on the shoulders of director, choreographer and co-author Bill T. Jones to turn this complicated story into compelling theater. Jones says it starts with the music.