Fela Kuti’s Exceptional Life and Music Presented in Free Documentary Screening

Seun Kuti will rock the WI Union Theater on Wednesday, June 27, at 8:30pm. But attendees are also invited to attend a special free presentation of Fela Kuti – Music Is the Weapon, a film about the life of his father, Fela Kuti , on June 19 at dusk on the Terrace.
 This 1982 documentary about the legendary Fela shows some of his celebrated performances and discusses his life, politics and art. Fela was an outspoken human rights activist who fought against the monstrous treatment of the Nigerian people by the country’s military dictatorship through his inventive and powerful music as well as his party, Movement of the People. He continued to perform and campaign despite imprisonment, beatings and torture. The film also lets us into Fela‘s private life as viewers get to see several of his 27 wives and glimpse into life in his Kala Kuti commune.Fela died of AIDS in 1997 but his son, Seun, continues in the spirit of his father, playing Afrobeat with Fela’s famed band, Egypt 80. 

To find out more about Seun Kuti, read Carrying the Kuti Name with Noble Integrity. An interview with Seun Kuti.

Author: World Music Central News Department

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