The making of a musician - ‘Finding Fela’ by Alex Gibney: A movie review by The New York Times

Fela Kuti

The small gesture was not Fela Kuti’s style. With his band the Africa 70, this Afrobeat pioneer rolled out monster-size grooves, chugging along with soulful beats, keyboards and horns. His lyrics, partly in pidgin, called out the Nigerian military dictatorship; at home he declared his Lagos house to be an independent territory. As for marriage, he embraced polygamy, in the cultlike double digits.

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