Season 12 Of AfroPoP Series Will Highlight Fela Kuti & Afrobeat
The new season premieres on WORLD Channel at 8 p.m. ET (10 p.m. PT) on January 20
Music and the sounds of revolution are in the air as the 12th season of AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange opens with an episode saluting the work and lives of the originators of the Afrobeat music genre, Fela Kuti and Tony Allen. Premiering on WORLD Channel at 8 p.m. ET (10 p.m. PT) on January 20, the AfroPoP season opener features Joel Zito Araújo’s documentary film My Friend Fela about the African musical icon followed by Birth of Afrobeat, a short film from director Opiyo Okeyo telling the story of drummer Tony Allen.
Produced by Black Public Media (BPM) and co-presented by distributor American Public Television (APT), AfroPoP has brought real stories of life, art and culture in the modern African Diaspora to public television audiences for more than a decade.
“Season 12 launches with two films that pay tribute to the enduring legacy of two cultural trailblazers and the music they created which has done so much to unite people around the world around political struggles and shared realities,” said Black Public Media Executive Director and Leslie Fields-Cruz.