Knitting Factory Records presents a special screening on Friday, August 1st at 4:20PM at IFC in NYC with Q+A with Rikki Stein (Fela’s Manager) and Femi Kuti (Fela’s son) to follow
RSVP to email@example.com for discounted $10 ticket – first come, first serve so get there early!
Stream “Colonial Mentality” from the Finding Fela soundtrack
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“The brilliance of Finding Fela is in the juxtaposition of director Bill T. Jones’ tale of his efforts to bring the Afrobeat pioneer’s larger-than-life story to the most improbable of places — Broadway, against a rendering of Fela’s life as told by the people who knew him, loved him and committed their lives to his vision. The film’s effect is twofold: it confirms both the audacity and the artifice of Fela! the musical, while it renders an intimate portrait of Fela, the man.”
“It is impossible to put Fela’s life in two hours, but I was very impressed. I cannot explain how happy I am. I am very happy.” -Femi Kuti on Finding Fela”
Read the full review HERE
Screening nationwide now! All screen times HERE
The Finding Fela soundtrack is out today on Knitting Factory Records!
Includes 17 of Fela’s classic tracks ++ a never-before released live version of “Colonial Mentality” recorded at the New Afrika Shine in Fela’s hometown of Lagos and features Femi Kuti on saxophone.
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“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
Knitting Factory Records is pleased to announce the re-issue of He Miss Road , Expensive Shit and Live With Ginger Baker on vinyl!
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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
Seun Anikulapo Kuti stopped by NPR Morning Edition to discuss his new album, “A Long Way To The Beginning,” Fela Kuti, and his vision for a better Nigeria.
Listen to the full interview HERE
“When Seun Kuti had his shirt off, dancing through the end of a sweaty, magnificently funky set at the Highline Ballroom on Tuesday night, the tattoo across his muscular shoulders was visible: “Fela Lives.”
Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Seun’s father, was the creator of the hardheaded, protest-minded Nigerian funk called Afrobeat, which has now spread worldwide. When Fela died in 1997, the 14-year-old Seun took over as the singer, alto saxophonist and leader of Fela’s band, Egypt 80. Since then, Seun Kuti has emerged as far more than a caretaker for his father’s style.
Throughout the set, the music changed constantly as the propulsion surged; the power of the rhythms redoubled the urgency of the messages, while the two backup singers rarely stopped shimmying. Mr. Kuti’s Afrobeat makes its politics physical, its anger into momentum.” –Read the full review at New York Times
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.”