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CLIP 11970

Fela Kuti’s Afro-beat music is brought to the Broadway stage.

Fela Kuti’s Afro-beat music is brought to the Broadway stage.

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Key Info
  • Fela Kuti’s Afro-beat music is brought to the Broadway stage.
  • Duration: 05:12
  • Artist, prophet, politician, provocateur, Fela Kuti’s Afro-beat music was politically charged. His huge ego, intelligence, and single minded drive to deliver his human rights message and tell his musical truth still endures today. Director Aaron Johnson and cast members of the show ‘Fela!’ explain the challenges of taming the intoxicating energy and unpredictability of Fela’s music to a Broadway audience. Older performances by Fela together with scenes from the show present the artist with African dancers and showcase intoxicating, syncopated cross rhythms: the shekere, the congas, the bass, two guitars — all playing rhythmic patterns in a trance-like way. Horns and drums are heard enjoying the freedom to play around within this musical framework.
  • Subject:



    African and Caribbean Music

  • Keywords: Fela Kuti, Afro-beat, Nigeria, cross-rhythms, human rights, protest, music, musical, Bill T Jones, choreographer, concert, rhythmic
Ideas for use in class
  • appraising African popular Afro-beat music, citizenship – protest music and music for human rights, African instruments, appraising Afro-beat music. Wonderfully rich, informative clip showcasing this extraordinary artist and his human rights message through his rhythmically charged Afro-beat music.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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