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Music Legend Fatai Rolling Dollar

Following a year long stint in Lagos in 2009, Nigerian musician and film maker SIJI began his debut documentary dubbed ‘Elder’s Corner’, “a musical journey through pivotal moments in the colorful history of Nigeria as told through the lives and careers of the nations foremost music legends. It is a story about the eroding effects of colonialism, bitter ethnic clashes, politics, oil, power, money and their combined effects on a nation that recently celebrated its 50th year of self rule.”

According to SIJI:
“… during the course of my visit to Nigeria, I was able to seek out and engage a number of the country’s foremost music legends, among them; Fatai Rolling Dollar, Emperor Dele Ojo, Jimi Solanke, Tony Benson and Elder Statesman, Chris Ajilo. They told me such incredible stories of triumph, success, tragedy, disappointment, as well as their continued love and passion for mistress music which has taken them to such dizzy heights as well as dark and pitiful lows. They also shared with me their hopes and dreams for the coming generation and their beloved country, Nigeria. I now wish to share all these incredible stories and so much more with you all, for in many ways, the collective journey’s of these pioneering icons reflects that of the nation itself.”

“Elders Corner” featured a fitting video tribute to Afrobeat pioneer and music icon, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, who would have turned 73 last  Saturday. The video features anecdotes from a few of his avid admirer’s and peers who worked closely with him in his heyday.

 

From the Kickstarter page:

Shot against the colorful and gritty backdrop of some of Nigeria’s urban cities particularly Lagos and through the clever use of extensive in depth interviews, archival footage and still photographs, Elder’s Corner will take viewers on a musical journey through the country’s turbulent and colorful history. It will chronicle and showcase the lives and work of some of the leading exponents of the various musical movements that spawned Afrobeat, Juju, Apala, Highlife and Fuji music

With 11 days to go and pledges almost half way through on kickstarter campaign to raise $20,000 to finish the documentary, AfrobeatRadio is appealing for your support to help finish this historical project. “we really need to get more PLEDGES in the can by winning over a few more supporters” says SIJI.

For those of you on TWITTER and  Facebook, kindly continue to spread word about the documentary by talking about it amongst yourselves and sharing it with prominent DJ’s, bloggers, music magazines and key tastemakers in both the film and music community using the following URL; http://kck.st/n25k4W

A live fundraising event is also being considered to help drive the campaign beyond its target goal. Details of this will be made known once finalized to be finalized.

 

 

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