This first clip comes from a film made by John Collins, of the University of Ghana in Legon, Accra. He's a musician who has been playing in African bands. for years. He's just published a new book about Fela Kuti, the great star of African hi-life and Afro beat, whom he knew well and played with. Buy direct from the publisher, the Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, or here. Fela Kuti was a character, and the book is filled with personal observations and photos never seen before.
I've just discovered a goldmine of West African music and culture, some of the recordings from the 1920's and 30's. So keep reading, there will be more to come.