Finding Fela: My Strange Journey to Meet the AfroBeat King in Lagos [1983]

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"Finding Fela" is my personal memoir of a journey to Lagos, Nigeria, to film the legendary African musician Fela Kuti. As a white man from Chicago, I experienced extreme culture shock and even got arrested and jailed. Eventually, I lived near Fela's commune, talked with him, and saw him perform at his Lagos club, The Shrine. Now deceased, Fela was the focus of a recent Broadway musical Fela! More
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About Dan Dinello

An author and filmmaker, Dan Dinello is Emeritus Professor at Columbia College Chicago. Besides the Smashwords ebook "Finding Fela," he wrote the book "Technophobia! Science Fiction Visions of Posthuman Technology" (2007) as well as chapters in "The Culture & Philosophy of Ridley Scott" (2013), "The Rolling Stones and Philosophy" (2011), "Philip K. Dick and Philosophy" (2011), "Anime and Philosophy" (2010), "Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy" (2009) & "Avatar and Philosophy (Wiley, forthcoming).
HIs most recent article "The Contagious Age" posted on; he has also written about pop culture and science for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and Manchester Guardian. Along with making several award-winning short films, Dan directed episodes of the Comedy Central television series Strangers With Candy and runs the Website where he sells two DVDs of his work (Shock Productions V.1 and V.2).

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Army Arrangement
In this music video, Afrobeat rebel Fela Kuti performs "Army Arrangement" in London and Lagos (at The Shrine in Okeja). His performance is beautifully intercut with images of Lagos, including military occupation and police beating. It ends with news of Fela's arrest in 1984.

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Dana Dinello reviewed on Dec. 28, 2011

Great Read...very entertaining!
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
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