"Finding Fela" is my personal memoir of a journey to Lagos, Nigeria, to film the legendary African musician and political firebrand Fela Kuti, the "Black President." In 1983, Fela was Africa’s best-known performer: he mixed radical politics and pop music as they have rarely been mixed before. As a white man from Chicago, I experienced extreme culture shock and even got arrested and jailed. Eventually, I lived near Fela's commune, talked with him several times, became friends with many of his followers, and saw him perform at his Lagos club, The Shrine. Now deceased, Fela was the focus of a recent Broadway musical Fela!
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About the Author
An author and filmmaker, Dan Dinello is Emeritus Professor at Columbia College Chicago. Besides the Smashwords ebook "Finding Fela," he wrote the book "Technophobia! Science Fiction Visions of Posthuman Technology" (2007) as well as chapters in "The Culture & Philosophy of Ridley Scott" (2013), "The Rolling Stones and Philosophy" (2011), "Philip K. Dick and Philosophy" (2011), "Anime and Philosophy" (2010), "Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy" (2009) & "Avatar and Philosophy (Wiley, forthcoming). HIs most recent article "The Contagious Age" posted on Popmatters.com; he has also written about pop culture and science for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Salon.com and Manchester Guardian. Along with making several award-winning short films, Dan directed episodes of the Comedy Central television series Strangers With Candy and runs the Website Shockproductions.com where he sells two DVDs of his work (Shock Productions V.1 and V.2).