AfriDocs on BET Celebrates Music in October
6 October 2017
Its all about the music as AfriDocs celebrates the lives of Bob Marley and Fela Kuti amongst a host of music-focused documentaries. The month kicks off with Kevin MacDonald's acclaimed documentary, Marley, that has become the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international super-stardom.
Last Song Before the War is the story of the world-famous Festival Au Desert, known as the world's most remote music festival. The Festival came to a halt in 2012 after 12 years of unforgettable music when Tuareg rebels and militant extremists seized control of Northern Mali. The film chronicles the 2011 Festival - arguably the last edition that captured its original goals - a global display of peace, reconciliation, and the healing power of music.
The unforgettable and un-paralleled life of Fela Kuti is the subject of Finding Fela; his life, his music, as well as his social and political importance. Fela created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, and used his music to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s.
Future Sound of Mzansi, Spoek Mathambo and Lebogang Rasethaba's powerful exploration and interrogation of South Africa's fertile creative scene, rounds out the music films for the month.
The month ends with Hell of a Job, in honour of former ANC Deputy President Oliver Tambo on what would have been his birthday on October 27th. The film tells the story of his escape into exile and on what would become a 30-year journey to engage the world in the struggle to bring democracy to South Africa.
Catch AfriDocs on BET Africa (DSTV channel 129) every Sunday at 10pm, and if you miss any of these films make sure to get them on Catch-Up on #AfriDocsAnytime, www.afridocs.net. AfriDocs Anytime brings you some of Africa's best documentaries to stream for free from any device.