Produced by: Stéphane Tchal-Gadjieff and Jean Jacques Flori
Studio: Universal Music
Year Released: 1982
We have incredible respect for the music and legacy of African jazz funk legend Fela Kuti. This documentary from 1982 captures the music and spirit of this legend and includes some of the most incredible footage and interviews anywhere. Enjoy!
The documentary “Fela Kuti Music is the Weapon” wit the Afrobeat legend, political revolutionary, musician, composer and performer, mixes footage of Fela Anikulapo Kuti performing at his Shrine nightclub, interviews with the controversial musician, glimpses of life at his not-so-palatial Kalakuta Republic compound, and scenes of Lagos street life. Some voice-over narration gives basic information on Kuti’s musical career and Nigerian politics, but for the most part, the images are left to speak for themselves. Well shot in color, it’s an important historical document capturing Kuti in stage and home environments that were most crucial to his life and work.
Music is a weapon of the future / music is the weapon of the progressives / music is the weapon of the givers of life.” Fela Kuti