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The basis of the film is Ginger's seemingly stoned safari across the African continent. Ginger was probably one of the first rock musicians to realize the greatness of African music. Along the way, he plays with an assortment of African musicians. For anybody interested in African music or world music in general, this DVD is a treasure. Not only is the music brilliant, but the DVD also provides a fascinating look into Africa at the beginning of the 70's. The shots of the African cities and music clubs make the music come alive. This DVD is valuable both musically and anthropologically.
The music is undoubtedly the best part of the DVD, but the parts that showcase Ginger's travels are pretty interesting. Ginger narrates the movie through what sounds like a Leslie speaker, giving his voice a very psychedelic tone. One scene features a hilarious piece of narration- "Anyone for tennis?" You'll have to watch the movie yourself to see how it fits in.
The footage of Fela Kuti is truly amazing. I own the "Music is the Weapon" DVD, but it doesn't feature any footage as early as this. At this point, Fela was not an international star. However, his music was as good as ever. During his performance, it is pouring down rain. The band is laying down a monster groove. Fela's dancers (probably a few of his wives) are on fire. I'm sure a few people in attendance probably went into trances of ecstasy. It really is that good.Read more ›
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This poorly-produced home movie exists for no reason other than to fetch a few dollars from your wallet. Read morePublished on December 23, 2012 by Steven Arnott
The back of the DVD has an excellent description of how three men are lucky to be alive after driving through the desert. Read morePublished on March 7, 2011 by Jason Smart
This movie is the coooolest. You put Baker in Africa and it immediately turns into a pyschedelic African adventure. Read morePublished on March 24, 2008 by Keeper
Ginger Baker is a genuine drumming legend (certainly a favourite of mine - that's how I came to buy this DVD), but has made a regrettable decision to market this sad episode in his... Read morePublished on October 6, 2006 by Shane Staunton
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