This engaging documentary focuses on the musical heritage and diversity of modern Nigeria and its astounding diversity. There's the blind traditional minstrel who wanders the bustling streets of Lagos with a small drum. In striking contrast, we move to the urbane, Yoruba-derived juju grooves by bandleader King Sunny Ade. The brilliant composer I.K. Dario and the Lijadu twins beautifully blend European and indigenous instruments and vocals. The folkloric melodies of the Hausa people of the northern Sahara provide the scintillating soundtrack to their boxing matches and fishing rituals. But the powerful and provocative musician and social critic Fela steals the show. Surrounded by his alluring wives, he explains and demonstrates how he ingeniously weaves politics and social commentary with ancient and modern Afro-beats, creating a timeless and timely sound Nigeria can be proud of. --Eugene Holley Jr.
Includes performances by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Sonny A