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'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.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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