Fela! Band Bringing Afrobeat to Sundance
This article first appeared on Billboard.com.
The Fela! Band will give three performances at the Sundance Film Festival to celebrate Alex Gibney’s documentary Finding Fela.
The band, featuring lead singer Sahr Ngaujah and musicians associated with the musical Fela!, will perform at the film’s premiere party on Jan. 17 at the Sundance Channel House, Jan. 18 at the Sundance Music Cafe hosted by KCRW and Jan. 19 at the Sundance House as part of The Sundance Institute's Film Music Program’s Celebration of Music in Film.
Besides Ngaujah, the Fela! Band comprises guitarists Ricardo Quinones and Bryan Vargas, drummer Greg Gonzalez, percussionist Dylan Fusillo, Tim Allen on bass and a horn section of Mike Kammers, Morgan Price and Jeff Pierce. Oneika Phillips and Malaiyka Reid are the other singers.
Finding Fela! has its world premiere at 2:15 p.m. Jan. 17 at the MARC in Park City, Utah. Gibney, who won the documentary Oscar for Taxi To The Dark Side and produced History of the Eagles, describes the film as a look at the Nigerian musician’s life “and the attempt to re-create his magic in the present as a way of finding the essence of what made him tick, and why we care about him so much still so many years afterwards.”
The film was produced by Jack Gulick and Alex Gibney and is being presented by Jigsaw Productions in association with Knitting Factory Entertainment, OkayPlayer.com and OkayAfrica.com. It was co-produced by Alison Ellwood and executive produced by Stephen and Ruth Hendel.