At the age of 58, late Afro Beat icon, Fela Anikulapo Kuti had been arrested 200 times, contested for presidency and had married 27 women on the same day.
He is the Father of both living Afro-Beat legends “Femi Kuti” and “Segun Kuti”.
In the months leading to his death, Fela Anikulapo Kuti had an interview that the Afro King said a lot of crazy things: The Moon-landing is a Hoax; UFOs fly pass my window every night; Europe is technologically advanced because “Mungo Park Stole A Pot Containing Secret Of Technology From Ile-Ife”. He also said that on January 25,1981, he was processed by a spirit. In this post we are going to tell you some of what Fela saw during his Mystery experience.
Here Are Some Snippet From The Interview:
Human beings have their own scenes, their own films.
I saw this when I was processed by a spirit back in January 25, 1981
So what did Jesus Christ come take? Sins or Scenes?
Ha!! Look, there is no evening I don’t see UFO pass this window.
No sound at all, Just light going past – Schwoom!!
– Fela Kuti
By the word “Film of life” Fela is not simply giving his voice for more production of Movies in Africa even though that’s the kind of movement Fela would have liked. An extreme philosophical question is at stake in Fela’s metaphor of Life as Film.
Fela begins with the assumption that what we know and see of the world is framed by certain regimes of power- Science, Mass media, International Political Orders, Capitalism, an so on. What we imagine to be reality is a set of heavy curated images switched to be framed and passed off as the truth of the world. The life we think we are living is actually happening on the other side of the screen, and we are not the actors. We are spectators passively looking on and seeing only what the system wants us to see. “So when you are “watching” that film,” Fela explains, “it means that you are passing your energy into that film-passing it to those who already know the path your thoughts could take.” This is why education was one of the biggest hoax in our modern world, according to Fela. How? Education is an instrument for taking away our “scenes.” How? Education dies not enlighten — make us see better but instead programs us to imagine the world through pre-made framework of thought.
To counter this of doctored images designed to predict and control “the path that your thoughts could take,” Fela introduces something he call “the film of life” made up of our own S.C.E.N.E.S” by “scenez,” Fela means a rare glimpse of the world as it exist outside the frame of reference of science or world history. Fela’s “scene” is an unfiltered version of life. Accessing or creating our own “scenes” in our own minds is, for Fela, a technique of seeing that reviews life in its true form.
What is revised may sound Crazy or look strange. Nietzsche, for instance saw terrible things. Fela Anikulapo Kuti saw UFO’s flying pass his window every night. Nietzsche saw his own scenes in form of madness, Fela in an intense moment of mystical possession. It may well be that, at the limit of science or the world history, there is a UFO flying past or an internal abyss, but there is also the possibility of creating new ways of seeing the world, new language for speaking about our world, a host of new images, metaphors, concept for making life comprehensible.
Fela called it seeing UFO’s fly past his window. We could also just think of it as reassembling a new order of fragmented images positioned obliquely to those grands images seeking to control every humans sense of the world. These broken bits of images, slanted and stitched together in a montage is another way to understand what Fela means by “S.C.E.N.E.S.” The “Film of Life” is what happens when these “scenes” intersect “at a multiple angles, setting up vibration across the epochs of history “
The surrealists have something in common with Fela. They thought a lot about limit experiences like dreams. Surrealists, among others things, believe there’s some kind of artistic and fragmentation of dream-images.
Fela’s “film of life” is a kind of lived surrealism. The few who, like Fela can stand the fiery intensity of such a vision are the army of mad philosophers and artists responsible for reinventing our world.
Article by Idris Olatinwo (Stokash BadKing)
TAI SOLARIN COLLEGE OF EDUCATION 2016.
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