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Fela Kuti: Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense & Berliner Jazztage '78 (Double Feature)

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TEACHER DON'T TEACH ME NONSENSE: A huge influence on world music, Nigerian artist Fela Kuti played many instruments, pioneered afrobeat music and served as a prominent activist for human rights in Africa. This 1984 documentary examines the life and music of the remarkable man. Using his music to raiseawareness, Kuti embraced social justice themes. He died in 1997 of complications from AIDS. Footage from his legendary show in Glastonbury, England, is included. (59 mins) (Documentary).

BERLINER JAZZTAGE '78: Originally broadcast on German and Nigerian television, Berliner Jazztage '78 (1978) is some of the best live footage of Fela Kuti ever captured on film. As a headliner of the prestigious German music festival, Fela takes the stage with Afrika '70 and captures the hearts of the audience with a raucous, high-energy, exciting musical performance. (87mins) (Concert)

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  • Actors: Fela Kuti
  • Directors: Fela Kuti
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007UQ8IQA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,189 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This DVD set contains 2 DVD's previously released with the Fela Kuti anthology by Wrasse Records. Here's my write-up on each disc:

Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense
Although Music is The Weapon is generally viewed as the definitive documentary on the life and music of Fela Kuti, Teacher don't Teach Me Nonsense is a high quality documentary from 1985 that contains both an up close interview with the creator of Afrobeat and fragments of his legendary gig at the famous Glastonbury festival in the year 1984. This documentary is available as part of the first part of a Fela Kuti Anthology detailing his entire musical career. Two more installments will be released.
Fela seems calmer and less militant as in Music is The Weapon, but tells us interesting stories about his use of Pidgin (Broken English) for his lyrics, his spiritual awakening through contact with the Black Power movement in the US and the corruption in Africa he so vividly denounced. The film is about half music and half documentary. The documentary is interspersed with fragments from the gig beginning with Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense and then Confusion Break Bone (they were performed at the festival in opposite order). There is English subtitling translating Fela's pidgin. So this DVD is at present our only chance to catch footage on DVD of this gig of Fela and his Egypt 80 at his/their prime. The only known footage of Fela performing percussion, which is still the heart of African music, is included.
As expected the BBC dug up some interesting old footage from their dusted shelves that includes speeches by Martin Luther King and Malcolm X that accompany Fela's story.
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Teacher don't teach me no nonsense. I'm glad I found this. Saw the play 'FELA' and my friend was lost as to what was happening. This is almost a biography of Fela Kuti. Covers all the information in the show. A great piece to add to any library. Also you get the bonus '78 concert.
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By Udoinyang on November 25, 2012
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If you are a fan, you won't be wowed, because you already live him daily. If you are not a fan, you will be wowed absolutely.
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I actually ordered it for my brother, he said it blew him away, it was great. Now he can't get enough.
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