Archive for December, 2014

Fela Kuti Film at the Tyneside

16th December 2014  |  News  |  Comments Off on Fela Kuti Film at the Tyneside

Finding Fela

THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF THE FOUNDER OF AFROBEAT: Tyneside Cinema is showing “Finding Fela” (see below) on January 12, 13 and 14th – all at 8.15pm, plus a matinee at 3.15pm on Tuesday 13th, to be screened in The Gallery

“Finding Fela” tells the story of the remarkable and controversial Fela Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance. He created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. His influence helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria and promoted Pan Africanist politics to the world. The power and potency of Fela’s message is completely current today and is expressed in the political movements of oppressed people, embracing Fela’s music and message in their struggle for freedom.
Includes 17 of Fela’s classic tracks plus a never-before released live version of “Colonial Mentality” recorded at the New Afrika Shine in Fela’s hometown of Lagos and features Femi Kuti on saxophone. With his audacious music and much courage, Fela helped fight corruption and autocracy in freshly democratized Nigeria.
Finding Fela is directed by the Academy Award winning director, Alex Gibney.

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Turner Prize for Campbell’s African Art

1st December 2014  |  News  |  Comments Off on Turner Prize for Campbell’s African Art

Dublin-born film artist Duncan Campbell has won this year’s £25,000 Turner Prize for a video that reflects on African art. The jury described the winning film “It for Others” as “an ambitious and complex film which rewards repeated viewing”. He was presented with the prize at Tate Britain by actor Chiwetel Ejiofor.

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Campbell has taken Chris Marker and Alain Resnais’ 1953 film Les Statues meurent aussi (Statues also Die) as both source and artefact, to pursue a meditation on the life, death and value of objects. It for Others is a social and historical examination of cultural imperialism and commodity. Marker and Resnais’ film connects the death of statues to the commercialisation of African art, arguing that colonialism compelled African art to appeal to Western consumers. Campbell expands these ideas into a segmented essay-film that includes sections on African art, footage of contemporary commodities, and a performance made in collaboration with Michael Clark Company.

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