My Friend Fela

2019

3/5
my friend fela

Summary

The movie is a full biography of Fela Kuti, It shows how he inspired a generation of Africans and African Americans with his own unique style of music, known as Afrobeat. A combination of Afropop, jazz, highlife, juju, and funk-infused with social and political criticism of the military dictatorship in Nigeria.

Production: Joel Zito Araújo

Direction: Joel Zito Araújo

Starring: Femi Kuti, Carlos Moore

Release Date: 7 November 2019

Genre: Documentary

Run time: 1h 34min

Rating: 3/5

Review

My Friend Fela provides a new perspective on the Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, unraveled through the eyes of his close friend and official biographer, the African-Cuban Carlos Moore.

The movie shows the many influences and forces that shaped Fela’s extraordinary life: from the relationship he had with his mother to his problematic relationships with women, from his ties with his spiritual advisor Professor Hindu to Malcolm X and the Black Panthers.

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