“For the uninitiated, it’s hard to explain—in mere words—how one man could so successfully mate the sexuality of James Brown with the righteous politics of Bob Marley and sinuous sounds of Miles Davis,” writes Kathleen C. Fennessy for Malta Contemporary Art. Fela drew as much inspiration for his “Afro-beat” from Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X as funk, reggae, and jazz.

Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti talks about his work and his critique of the Nigerian government, and performs his songs including “ITT” and “Army Arrangement” at his Lagos club The Shrine, in Stéphane Tchal Gadjieff and Jean-Jacques Flori’s 52-minute, 1982 documentary Fela Kuti: Music is the Weapon.

It screens Thursday at 7 p.m. at Chatham 14, 210 W. 87th St., as part of the monthly Black World Cinema series.

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