A music film on artistic and political commitment, day after day. Femi Kuti is the true heir of Afrobeat, a musical protest movement spear- headed by his father, the great Fela Anikulapo Kuti, in the 1970s. This urban music style speaks of inequality in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. In 2006, after 6 albums, Femi Kuti, no longer has a record deal. What’s the solution ?
Sodi, who has worked on his previous albums, comes on board as his producer. What paths must he take to bring Femi’s voice to the world ? It’s a question he has asked himself since he first worked with Fela, but also with Iam, La Mano negra and Rachid Taha.
The track Day by Day reveals different musical avenues, explored with Keziah Jones, singer Camille and guitarist Seb Martel. Sodi has to choose the right sound. The album’s sound is born through the choices he makes. These musical choices, intimately linked to the message conveyed by Femi, are rarely shown or explained.
Day by Day explores this musical journey in Paris and also documents the intimidation Femi is subjected to in Nigeria because of his opposition to the regime. The documentary shifts between the object of the artist’s struggle – his fight to lift Nigeria, and Africa as a whole, out of the despondency of poverty – and the instrument of his relentless commitment : haunting, catchy songs.
Step by step, in the fascinating world of the studio, from the initial recordings to the album’s release, from the financial problems to its nomination for a Grammy Award, this documentary gives us real insight into the creative process as a whole. It also reveals the belief and awareness that, day by day, every gesture counts. With creativity and ingenuity, the artist strives to get this message across.
Where Can You View AfriDocs?
- BET Africa (DSTV129)
- Sunday evenings primetime
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- 6 p.m. Cape Verde Time
- 7 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time (Mauritania to Benin)
- 8 p.m. West African Time (Niger to Namibia)
- 9 p.m. Central African Time/South Africa Standard Time
- 10 p.m. East African Time (Sudan to Tanzania)
- 11 p.m. Seychelles Time
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