Femi Kuti - Live at the Shrine [Deluxe Edition DVD + Live CD]
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- Includes documentary, concert footage, and a full CD of Afrobeat music
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"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.Read more ›
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.
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!"
Femi communicates strong political themes and does a pretty good job continuing his father's legacy.
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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 morePublished on February 11, 2014 by LeaMarie Lucas
Nice cd, still have the vibe of the great afrobeat king FELA but good music. Would be a pretty nice gift or listeningPublished on August 22, 2013 by Henry TuleA
Too bad all this talent was recorded so poorly.
Great music but recorded live in Afica at the Shrine....what did I expect anyway??
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 on February 13, 2013 by Lionqueen
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
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
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