Fela & Me
31 Oct 2010
A Slice of Fela is a new documentary based on the life of Afrobeat musician and socio-political icon Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. The film features excerpts from documentaries and recorded concerts, with each segment introduced by Sahr Ngaujah, who plays Fela in the Tony Award-winning stage musical FELA!, which opens its London run in November at the Royal National Theatre.
Following the screening Ghariokwu Lemi, Chris May and Rikki Stein give personal recollections of their friendship and work with Fela Kuti and take questions from the audience.
Chris May is the former editor of Black Music and Jazz Review and was one of the first journalists to interview Fela in Nigeria after the military took charge.
Artist Ghariokwu Lemi produced half of Fela Kuti's album covers through the 70s, 80s and 90s and also produced album covers for Bob Marley and Afrobeat bands throughout the world.
Rikki Stein is a manager and agent and managed Fela Kuti from 1982 until his death in 1997.
The event was hosted by Kunle Olulode, Chair of The New Black Network. The New Black network is a group of fifteen of the leading exhibitors of black film which supports the development of Black film exhibition.