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DOCUMENTARY: FELA KUTI - MUSIC IS THE WEAPON

DOCUMENTARY: FELA KUTI - MUSIC IS THE WEAPON

Fela Kuti is to African music what Bob Marley is to reggae: its prophet. All contemporary forms of black music, from funk to electronic, owe something to the irresistible groove of the Afrobeat sound that he created. He recorded more than 60 albums and spent a lifetime fighting against political corruption in his homeland of Nigeria, where the people affectionately called him their "Black President."

Shot in Lagos at the peak of his career in 1982, this documentary contains interviews with Fela detailing his thoughts on politics, Pan-Africanism, music and religion, alongside unpublished versions of songs like ITT,...


DOCUMENTARY: 1995 WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS

DOCUMENTARY: 1995 WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS

May 24, 1995 is a special day in the Ajax history. On that day, 25 years ago, Louis van Gaal's team won the UEFA Champions League.

In the documentary '1995 We are the Champions', players and coach look back on that magical football year. 

 


DOCUMENTARY: PUNK, ATTITUDE

DOCUMENTARY: PUNK, ATTITUDE

Punk: Attitude is a film by Don Letts, examining the history of punk rock and its impact on the music industry. The cast is a veritable list of alternative musicians and directors offering their opinions on what has been called a musical revolution.

 


DOCUMENTARY: THE LAST PIRATES, BRITAIN'S REBEL DJS

DOCUMENTARY: THE LAST PIRATES, BRITAIN'S REBEL DJS

In the 1980s a new generation of pirate radio stations exploded on to Britain's FM airwaves. Unlike their seafaring swinging 60s forerunners, these pirates broadcast from London's estates and tower blocks to create a platform for black music in an era when it was shut out by legal radio and ignored by the mainstream music industry.

In the ensuing game of cat and mouse which played out on the rooftops of inner-city London across a whole decade, these rebel DJs used legal loopholes and technical trickery to stay one step ahead of the DTI enforcers who were tasked...


DOCUMENTARY: SUN RA, A JOYFUL NOISE (1980)

DOCUMENTARY: SUN RA, A JOYFUL NOISE (1980)

Robert Mugge filmed jazz great Sun Ra on location in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. between 1978 and 1980. The resulting 60-minute film includes multiple public and private performances, poetry readings, a band rehearsal, interviews, and extensive improvisations. Watch below.