Rating: NNN This hour-long documentary shot in 1971 follows Cream drummer Ginger Baker on an overland trek with an Algerian camera.
This hour-long documentary shot in 1971 follows Cream drummer Ginger Baker on an overland trek with an Algerian camera crew to film Fela Kuti in Nigeria. That might not sound terribly appealing to fans of Eric Clapton, who didn’t come along for the ride, but the promise of early Fela footage is more than enough to pique the interest of Afrobeat heads. Along the way, Baker encounters the Sahara Desert, a few friendly Tuaregs and some nosy authorities who put the whole hippy caravan under house arrest while they inspect their new Range Rover from the inside out looking for contraband. It’s fairly slow going until Baker encounters Segun Bucknor and the Sweet Things and sits in with his pals for an impromptu jam session. But the real reason anyone will want this DVD is the stunning performance clip of a rain-soaked Fela Kuti dancing fancy in some snazzy green loafers while Africa 70 roars behind him. Admittedly, the sound is awful, but the close-up glimpse of the young and still hungry Afrobeat icon getting busy in his element makes the whole thing worthwhile.