Come Together: Fela Kuti: Midsummer Concert (12A*)

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The Nigerian Afrobeat maestro closes Glastonbury 1984 with an electrifying performance, accompanied by his 20-piece band, Egypt 80.

Fela Kuti performs two epic songs on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage in this vivid concert film, which wisely lets the music take centre stage, save two brief, revealing interviews with Kuti himself.

In the first half, he performs ‘C.B.B. (Confusion Break Bones)’. After Kuti discusses discovering his African identity in post-colonial Britain, he and his band perform the astonishing ‘Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense’, about rejection of authority and abuse of democracy, across nearly 40 minutes. Later in 1984, Kuti was arrested in Nigeria, leading to a jail term widely considered to be politically motivated.

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