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Femi Kuti - Live at the Shrine [Deluxe Edition DVD + Live CD] (2005)

Femi Kuti , Raphael Frydman  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Femi Kuti
  • Directors: Raphael Frydman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2005
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00096S462
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,634 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Includes documentary, concert footage, and a full CD of Afrobeat music

Editorial Reviews

An unprecedented collection by Afrobeat legend Femi Kuti, Live At The Shrine includes both a concert film/DVD documentary and a live concert CD, singularly conveying the beauty and joy of Afrobeat music – a combustible cocktail fusing jazz, funk, and traditional African music – while also communicating it’s fascinating roots and politics which began with Femi’s father Fela Kuti, the creator and godfather of Afrobeat.

Live At The Shrine takes place in the Kuti family’s hometown of Lagos at the Africa Shrine, where every Sunday Femi plays to a packed house of revelers. With music as his weapon of choice and the Africa Shrine a temple of protest song, Femi continues his father’s fight, railing against the corrupt Nigerian government and staunchly defending PanAfricanism. Capturing this experience through interviews, street scenes, and the music itself, Live At The Shrine captures the spirit, passion, and hope, of a man and a people who are fighting.


87 minute feature

Plus 46 minutes of bonus footage

Exclusive Femi Kuti interviews

Bonus live performances of "Water No Get Enemy" and "Yeparipa"

"Shotan" music video

CD Tracklist

1. Intro 0:45

2. Dem bobo 7:11

3. Oyimbo 4:15

4. I wanna be free 3:59

5. If them want to hear 7:35

6. Eho 4:45

7. 1, 2, 3, 4 4:23

8. Yeparipa 4:10

9. Can’t buy me 5:37

10. Bring me the man now 6:17

11. ’97 6:36

12. Intro Shotan 1:13

13. Shotan 6:07

14. Water no get enemy 5:06

Customer Reviews

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Femi's Best Work to Date- Beautifully Rendered! May 24, 2005
Proponents of Afrobeat, your holy grail has been forged! Seek & purchase this gem without hesitation. Femi himself hails "Live at the Shrine" to be his most cherished project because it reflects the reality of his music, his life, and of the Nigerian people.

"Live at the Shrine" contains a blistering live set interspersed with documentary footage of the Afrika Shrine (a nightclub, daytime hang-out, Femi's house, and spiritual & political center). Via the documentary we visit backstage with Femi's band & entourage, Lagos street life, and even Femi's inner sanctum (his on-site living quarters). We hear from Femi's sister (Yeni) and aunt (Fela's sister Dolupo), and see Femi interacting playfully with his wife. Like his father, Femi has created a community around his venue- and his disciples idolize him as a prophet & guardian- it is quite heartening to witness.

This concert (70 min) & interspersed documentary was filmed in Lagos during three shows on Femi's weekly "Sunday Jumps". All songs are strong, and all were chosen for performance/inclusion by his audience via democratic vote! Most songs are recorded uninterrupted and in their entirety. The quality of the video & sound is impeccable, though audio choices are limited to PCM 2.0 or AC3 2.0 only. It is equally amazing that such quality was achieved on a remote recording, and that the footage made it out of Nigeria (especially considering many of the songs denounce the abuses of the corrupt government). The band's sound is clear & well-balanced (amazing considering they are 20 strong!). Raphaël Frydman's cinematic sensibilities are quite pleasing, sensitive, and well edited. Frydman often employs split screen (like Woodstock) to great effect.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the audio August 26, 2005
I just recently saw Femi Kuti at the Hollywood Bowl and was totally blown away by this amazing musical experience. As a Westerner, we rarely see music as such a spiritual experience as this. I was very excited to see the "Live at the Shrine" DVD. Unfortunately, it really is not all that impressive. It's very slow at times. The camera always focuses on Femi, and fails to capture the energy of the band as a whole (did we EVER see the amazing drummer), and the mix of the music is very "off." The other problem is that we didn't get nearly enough background about Femi, Fela, Nigeria, his life etc. I think a narrator would have really helped during the dull portions. So why did I give it 4 stars?

The accompanying audio CD is AWESOME!! Well worth the price paid. Even though it is the same performance as the DVD, for some reason listening to the audio cd really captures the amazing live performance. The drums are commanding, the horns blare. The rythyms are tantric. It really hits the spot. If you like Afrobeat, buy this package for the CD alone and use the DVD as a coaster. Ok the DVD isn't THAT bad, but you get the idea. And if Femi comes to your town, DEFINITELY go to the show.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!! August 31, 2006
Femi Kuti and Positive Force rock!!

Politically engaged, fine muscianship and electrifying stage presence. Femi is here to stay. CD 5 stars DVD 5 stars. You will listen to it everyday and want to get all of his stuff!! I look forward to the day when I can attend a "Sunday Jump" at the New African Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria. "Bring me the man!"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a gem November 25, 2006
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I first watched the live concert at the Shrine on cable and was hooked by the raw power and intensity of the music. I also listened to the audio cd. I would rate the audio quality a 6.5 out of 10, considering the live event and audience participation. But forget the audio quality because the rythm takes over everything. Femi Kuti has great stage presence and the reaction of the audience tells the story. I like the camera work on the live event and back stage scenes. You see the artist living, creating and performing all in the same environment - the Shrine - a concert-hall & night-club & living quarters - that has achieved cult status. In the interview Femi talks about the difficulties of shooting a live concert. He humbly states that the emphasis on the program was on feeling rather than technical accuracy. IMHO Femi is highly capable with vocals, sax and keyboard. On vocals my vote has to go to his father Fela. The base lines that drive the music are fresh and original with every listen. The feeling I get from this music is a great sense of freedom and abandon. The performance is highly charged, spontaneous and explodes with energy. The reactions of some of the audience member's star-struck with Femi are quite interesting. The audience throws plastic bottles and chairs to show their appreciation!

Femi communicates strong political themes and does a pretty good job continuing his father's legacy.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars afro-beat at its best September 13, 2005
i have a lot of femi and fela kuti cds but this has to be one of the best. not is is the music perfect and honest about all of todays issues it was recorded live! i was at the shrine all last summer and the dvd not only showed all videos but also reveals femi's behind the scenes at the shrine. if i could i would give it 6 stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Son of the Most High September 6, 2005
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Excellent documentary of Femi Kuti and his family and nation's musical sanctum, the New African Shrine. the focus on Femi and his commitment to music is at times touching, particularly the way in which he deals with the stage diver and his comments on the importance of music to his life. athough the comparisons with his father will probably only increase after a viewing of this (sometimes femi, shirtless and grimacing at the audience with a spliff between his fingers literally looks as if he has morphed into Fela before our eyes) the man's own musical acumen and personality comes through powerfully.

definitely reccomended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by karl e stewart
1.0 out of 5 stars Disaster DVD
Poor. I threw it away.
Published 2 months ago by Mfanje
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome...
I enjoyed every moment of this video, very lively, informative and full of music, loved it...A lot of people have no idea who Femi Kuti is or what he's about, but if you watch this... Read more
Published 8 months ago by LeaMarie Lucas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Nice cd, still have the vibe of the great afrobeat king FELA but good music. Would be a pretty nice gift or listening
Published 14 months ago by Henry TuleA
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor sound quality
Too bad all this talent was recorded so poorly.
Great music but recorded live in Afica at the Shrine....what did I expect anyway??
Published 15 months ago by Vernon G. Bauer
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it
Great insight into the famous Africa Shrine and an extremely talented musician a must see for Afro-beat fans...makes me want to hop a plane to Nigeria to see Sunday Jump!
Published 20 months ago by Lionqueen
5.0 out of 5 stars Cultural Dynamite
The Shrine Auditorium in Lagos, Nigeria reminds me of the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco circa 1967 where people milled around in front of the stage and throughout the floor. Read more
Published on March 16, 2011 by Reel To Real
1.0 out of 5 stars Femi Kuti - Live at the Shrine [Deluxe Edition DVD + Live CD]
This is a terrible DVD! Sound sucks, footage is rough and content is depressing. Wish I could send it back.
Published on August 16, 2009 by Charles D. Brossman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fela Shrine
Want to get behind the scenes of Nigerian life in the music business? This is a great music and documentary video that you can enjoy over and over.
Published on March 27, 2009 by Amir Abd Rahim
2.0 out of 5 stars good movie, terrible sound mix (2 channel)
Live at the Shrine is a great film about Femi Kuti and the scene surrounding the Shrine in Nigeria. Unfortunately, the sound mix is awful. Read more
Published on January 22, 2009 by tommus
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