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 Popmatters.com; he has also written about pop culture and science for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Salon.com 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 Shockproductions.com 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 edited by Dan Dinello, Afrobeat rebel Fela Kuti performs "Army Arrangement" in London and Lagos (at The Shrine in Ikeja). 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. Fela died in 1997. To read Dan Dinello's short book about visiting Fela in Lagos, see "Finding Fela: My Strange Journey to Meet the Afrobeat King."

Lagos Jump - My Visit to Fela's Shrine
I shot this video when I visited Fela in 1983. We can see the tortured landscape of Lagos in this cab ride to Fela's Shrine. At the Shrine we hear several workers interviewed about their life in Lagos and their love of Fela. We hear Fela music on the soundtrack as well as an excerpt from Fela's speech at the University of Lagos. To read Dan Dinello's short book about visiting Fela in Lagos, see "Finding Fela: My Strange Journey to Meet the Afrobeat King."


Finding Fela: My Strange Journey to Meet the AfroBeat King in Lagos [1983]
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,650. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » World music
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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!

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