“Even if you haven’t had the chance to see director Alex Gibney’s new documentary about Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, Finding Fela, one thing is already for certain: It has a killer soundtrack.” Head over to AV Club to listen to it full!
Comes out next week but you can grab a pre-order here!
Coming to a theater near you Aug. 1st!
8/1-7 – IFC Center – New York, NY
8/8-10 & 8/15-17 ONLY – Martha’s Vineyard Film Society – Vineyard Haven, MA
8/8-14 – Landmark Chez Artiste – Denver, CO
8/8-14 – The Screen – Santa Fe, NM
8/8-14 – Landmark E Street Cinema – Washington, DC
8/15-21 – Landmark Midtown Art Cinema – Atlanta, GA
8/15-21 – Landmark Ken Cinema – San Diego, CA
8/15-21 – Landmark Kendall Square Cinema – Boston, MA
8/15-21 – Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema – San Francisco, CA
8/15-21 – Landmark Shattuck Cinemas – Berkeley, CA
8/15-21 – Landmark Nuart Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
8/15-21 – Belcourt Theatre – Nashville, TN
8/15-21 – Landmark Ritz at the Bourse – Philadelphia, PA
8/22-28 – Gateway Film Center – Columbus, OH
8/22-25 – Guild Cinema – Albuquerque, NM
8/22-28 – Landmark Lagoon Cinema – Minneapolis, MN
8/29-31 – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – Houston, TX
8/29-30 – Oklahoma City Museum of Art – Oklahoma City, OK
8/29-9/4 – Landmark Varsity Theatre – Seattle, WA
8/19 ONLY – POP Montreal – Montreal, QC
10/23 ONLY – Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Watch the official trailer for Finding Fela and get your tickets now for a screening in your town!
6/27 – Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival – Chilmark – MA
7/11 – Railroad Square Cinema – Waterville – ME
8/1-8/7 – IFC Center – New York – NY
8/8-8/14 – Landmark Chez Artiste – Denver – CO
8/8-8/14 – Landmark E Street Cinema – Washington – DC
8/8-8/10 – Martha’s Vineyard Film Society – Vineyard Haven – MA
8/15-8/17 – Martha’s Vineyard Film Society – Vineyard Haven – MA
8/8-8/14 – The Screen – Santa Fe – NM
8/15-8/21 – Landmark Shattuck Cinemas – Berkeley – CA
8/15-8/21 – Landmark Nuart Theatre – Los Angeles – CA
8/15-8/21 – Landmark Ken Cinema – San Diego – CA
8/15-8/21 – Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema – San Francisco – CA
8/15-8/21 – Landmark Midtown Art Cinema – Atlanta – GA
8/15-8/21 – Landmark Kendall Square Cinema – Boston – MA
8/15-8/21 – Landmark Ritz at the Bourse – Philadelphia – PA
8/15-8/21 – Belcourt Theatre – Nashville – TN
8/22-8/28 – Landmark Lagoon Cinema – Minneapolis – MN
8/22-8/28 – Guild Cinema – Albuquerque – NM
8/22-8/28 – Gateway Film Center – Columbus – OH
8/29-8/30 – Oklahoma City Museum of Art – Oklahoma City – OK
8/29-9/4 – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – Houston – TX
8/29-9/4 – Landmark Varsity Theatre – Seattle – WA
9/19 – POP Montreal – Montreal – QC
Read the full article via CMW
“Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance. He created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the1970s and 1980s. His influence helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria and promoted Pan Africanist politics to the world. The power and potency of Fela’s message is completely current today and is expressed in the political movements of oppressed people, embracing Fela’s music and message in their struggle for freedom.”
Stream Seun Kuti’s new album – A Long Way To The Beginning via NPR a full week before release (5/27)
Pre-order your LP/CD HERE
“Seun Kuti is at his strongest when he’s updating both Fela’s philosophies and the Afrobeat sound. It would be so easy for Seun — and Femi, for that matter — to do little more than tour the world as a tribute act. But instead, Seun Kuti brings in smart collaborators. Pianist and composer Robert Glasper produced A Long Way to the Beginning with him; Glasper also appears in several tracks as keyboardist. Dead Prez’s M1, who has made something of a secondary career as a guest artist on international artists’ politically charged tracks, contributes a verse to “IMF.” Ghanaian-American rapper Blitz the Ambassador opens “African Smoke,” and German-Nigerian singer Nneka brings soulful vocals to the laid-back closing track, “Black Woman.”
Just as in Fela’s music, there remains ample room for joy, humor and exuberance amid the darkness and fury; the sweat, funk and beat dictate that right from the start. These tracks are for dancing — if you’re not moving, something may well be wrong. In “African Airways,” Kuti sings, “We no know where we dey go, but they tell us make we fly.” OK, so Kuti happens to be warning against neocolonialism in Africa in this track, but it’s a good metaphor for this album. We might not realize where Seun Kuti is taking us when we get on board with A Long Way to the Beginning — but he sure knows where he’s headed, and how to get us all there.” -NPR
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80‘s third studio album A Long Way To The Way Beginning, co-produced by Robert Glasper, promises to be a politically-charged modern afrobeat affair that reshapes his father’s message for the present. “This album is a soundtrack for the mindset of most young people in Africa today,” mentions Seun, “As African youth we have to stand for what we want.”
Watch the album trailer via okayafrica
“Happy” is probably my favorite song of the past year, and I wanted to make a blend that wasn’t too obvious, but made sense upon first listen. I thought the shuffle tempo, driving bass lines and horns of Fela Kuti could provide a nice backdrop, so I chopped up his classic, “Colonial Mentality,” and this is the end result. Hope you enjoy!” -dj100proof
LISTEN TO THE FULL MASHUP HERE
Fela Kuti – Limited edition 7″ of ‘Se E Tun De / Waka Waka’
Record Store Day – April 19, 2014
KThe release’s A-Side “Se E Tun De” features a more jazz-oriented version of Fela’s signature afrobeat sound. Se E Tun De / Waka Waka will be available exclusively in stores on Record Store Day April 19.
Exclusive stream of “Se E Tun De” via okayafrica
okayafrica will be premiering exclusive videos from the Felabration held in London last December.
Kicking it off is Dele Sosimi‘s rendition of “Too Much Information,” BALOJI‘s live version of his contribution to Red +Hot Fela “Buy Africa,” Shingai Shoniwa performing “Lady” and Dele Sosimi, Sam Duckworth, ESKA & The Goldsmith Vocal Ensemble tackling “Water No Get Enemy.”
Keep checking back every day this week for more videos to drop.
Fela! Band Will Bring Afrobeat to Sundance Film Festival for 3 very special performances in celebration of the world premiere of Finding Fela.
The band, featuring lead singer Sahr Ngaujah and musicians associated with the musical “Fela!,” will performance at the film’s premiere party on Jan. 17 at the Sundance Channel House, Jan. 18 at the Sundance Music Cafe hosted by KCRW and Jan. 19 at the Sundance House as part of The Sundance Institute’s Film Music Program’s Celebration of Music in Film.
Full story via Billboard