Re: [Videolib] Fela Kuti: A Hit on Broadway and Available from Alive Mind Education

From: Elizabeth Sheldon <elizabeth@lorberhtdigital.com>
Date: Thu Dec 17 2009 - 14:26:16 PST

Sorry-- should have gone to videonews.

Best,

Elizabeth

On Dec 17, 2009, at 5:03 PM, Elizabeth Sheldon wrote:

> Dear Listserv Colleagues,
>
> The following article appeared today in the New York Times regarding
> the hit Broadway show, Fela! The essay raises provocative questions
> about the role of Fela's 27 wives, represented by 9 dancers on stage,
> and his political struggle against corruption in 1970's Nigeria. Alive
> Mind Education is exclusively offering this classic film with PPR. You
> can read the New York Times' article below and learn more about the
> film or purchase at:
>
> http://www.alivemindeducation.com/category/films/films-e-f/fela-kuti-music-is-the-weapon/
>
> This film is ideal for African Studies, Music & Ethnology and Gender
> Studies.
>
> Finding Depth in Fela’s Women
> By Felia R. Lee
>
> This is the short list of how the women of “Fela!,” the Broadway
> musical about the Nigerian Afrobeat musician and political agitator,
> do not see their characters: victims, go-go dancers, sex objects. The
> nine women in tight outfits, elaborate hairdos and painted faces
> represent the 27 real-life co-wives of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, who
> married them collectively in what he considered a personal and
> political gesture as he fought against Nigeria’s corrupt authoritarian
> regime and defended traditional African culture.
>
> The women have no individual lines; their characters aren’t even named
> onstage. In any other show they would be considered part of the
> chorus. Yet they maintain a constant, magnetic stage presence, dancing
> and singing at Fela’s nightclub, the Shrine, in the Lagos of the late
> ’70s. While their stories are not told, their characters have been
> thoroughly studied and embodied by the performers, who see them as an
> integral part of the complex and contradictory tale of the man who
> inspired the musical.
>
> Read the article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/17/theater/17fela.html?_r=1&8dpc
>
> About the Film
>
> Fela Kuti is to African music what Bob Marley is to reggae: its
> prophet. All contemporary forms of black music, from funk to
> electronic, owe something to the irresistible groove of the Afrobeat
> sound that he created. He recorded more than 60 albums and spent a
> lifetime fighting against political corruption in his homeland of
> Nigeria, where the people affectionately called him their “Black
> President.”
>
> Shot in Lagos at the peak of his career in 1982, this documentary
> contains interviews with Fela detailing his thoughts on politics, Pan-
> Africanism, music and religion, alongside unpublished versions of
> songs like ITT, Army Arrangement and Power Show. For all who wish to
> know more about an artist at the heart of African musical history,
> Fela Kuti: Music is the Weapon is an essential film.
>
> “…far more than a glimpse at Fela Kuti playing live.”
> -PopMatters
>
>
> Product Information
>
> Grade Level: College and University
> Subjects: Arts, Music, African Studies
> Copyright: © 1985 Francis Kertekian
> Set: DVD Only
> Total Running Time: 53 minutes with bonus footage
> PPR: $129
> Without PPR for public libraries: $29.98
>
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> that you contact us regarding an exhibition fee.
>
> Best,
>
> Elizabeth
>
> Elizabeth Sheldon
> Vice President
> Alive Mind Education
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VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and distributors.
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