Afro-funkateers rejoice! Finding Fela will be arriving a day earlier than expected, landing a sneak peek at NYC’s IFC Theater ahead of its official big screen debut the following day. The Alex Gibney–directed doc promises to be a thorough chronicle of Fela Kuti‘s seismic contribution to the funk tradition (pioneering afro-beat in every regard,) his political activism and his legacy as one of the most powerful performers to hit a stage since the dawn of the bandstand.
If you’ve caught any of Gibney’s other documentary pieces (i.e. Herbie Hancock:Possibilities, Freakonomics, Gonzo: The Life And Work Of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson or the countless other expositions of contemporary music and literature’s most compelling figures) than you already know there won’t be no half-stepping. You can cop tickets for the sneak preview down below and if you’re not a local New Yorker, head over to Okayafrica for the full North American screening tour dates (which will hit 21 cities nationwide over the next few months) and all the archival Fela jawns you’ve been jonesin’ for. If you still need some convincing, peep the Finding Fela trailer after the jump.