Film

'Finding Fela' Now Playing In The UK

'Finding Fela,' the new Fela Kuti documentary from Alex Gibney, is now playing in cinemas across the UK.


Finding Fela, the new Fela Kuti documentary from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, continues its theatrical run this month. After opening in over 30 cities across North America in August, the film officially made its way to the UK on Friday, with screenings now underway in cinemas across London, Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester, and Nottingham (and openings set for even more cities beginning tomorrow). To celebrate the film's theatrical rollout, we set out to find Fela in our Okayafrica archives with a look back at our favorite Fela-related videos, galleries, remixes, interviews and much more. In the process we dug up interviews with Questlove and TV On The Radio's Tunde Adebimpe, the Best Fela Kuti Mashups, our favorite videos from Red Hot + FELA, and the iconic album art of Ghariokwu Lemi. More recently we got our hands on exclusive footage of Questo's extended interview in Finding Fela. Watch the full clip along with the film's trailer below.

>>>See A Full List Of Finding Fela's Openings In The UK

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Interview

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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