AfroBeat Miscellaneous

Gangbé – Documentary

Preview of the 2014 documentary by Arnaud Robert relating Gangbé Brass Band‘s “quest” to record their new album and play in Lagos.

The adventure of a Benin brass band on the road to Lagos, to perform with Femi Kuti at the Shrine.

Arnaud Robert faithfully describes the adventures of a Benin musical combo – the irresistible Gangbé Brass Band. They depart in a bid to conquer the city of Lagos in Nigeria to perform with Femi Kuti at the Shrine. The famous club is a symbol of Afrobeat, created in the 1970s by Femi’s father, the late and legendary Fela Kuti. Gangbé! tells of the clash between two Africas. In this exciting journey to the metropolis, the adventures of a continent are revealed; the new cultural poles of the South and the gaps that still separate these neighboring countries. It encounters contemporary ideals of Pan-Africanism, the Gangbé Brass Band finds themselves immersed in a world of new ideas. It is a journey in a contemporary and different Africa, one that no longer solely aspires to the European dream. In a poetic and funky fashion, it opens up new horizons.

Listen to Remember Fela from album Whendo in 2004.

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