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My Friend Fela – Afropop Season 12 | Full Episode

A new perspective on the Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, MY FRIEND FELA is told through conversations with his close friend and official biographer, African-Cuban Carlos Moore. The accompanying live-action animated short, BIRTH OF AFROBEAT, tells how Nigerian drummer Tony Allen and his partner Fela Kuti created the Afrobeat genre.

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My Friend Fela provides a new perspective on the Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, in order to counter the most often portrayed narrative of Fela's an eccentric African pop idol of the ghetto; according to director Joel Zito Araújo. The complexity of Fela’s life is unraveled through the eyes and conversations of his close friend and official biographer, the African-Cuban Carlos Moore.

In September of 2017, 77-year-old Nigerian drummer Tony Allen was invited to record the album ‘What Goes Up’ with American band, Chicago Afrobeat Project. During their time together, Allen recounts how he and his partner, late music legend, Fela Kuti, created the Afrobeat genre in Lagos, Nigeria. In this hybrid live-action/animated film, director Opiyo Okeyo presents a snapshot of Tony Allen’s story.

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