Netflix is currently streaming Ginger Baker In Africa, an incredibly loose documentary surrounding the British percussion wizard’s trip from Algeria to Lagos, Nigeria in November of 1971. And by ‘loose’ I mean 53 minutes of (ostensibly) amateur footage that oscillates between off-the-cuff jam sessions, animated beat-poetry narration, along with scattered “on the road” vignettes. If you’re into this sort of trip (we are) it’s great – if not, don’t bother. The headiest of travelogues.
One of the first Western rock musicians to seriously take an active interest the region’s music, the basis for Baker’s visit was to scout locations for a recording studio. As such, the drummer naturally hooked up with Fela (an old friend from the Nigerian’s school days spent in London), and captured footage of Fela and his band in action at his nightclub, The Afro Spot. Baker’s intimate, rain soaked footage, below.
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