Birth of Afrobeat

Director: OpiyoOkeyo


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  • event type:WOMEX 20 Market Screening
  • date:22 Oct 2020 - 25 Oct 2020
  • time:12:00 - 00:00
  • venue:Online
  • event posted by:Piranha Arts


This film was available to stream from 15 - 25 October 2020 for all WOMEX 20 Digital Participants.

Directed by Opiyo Okeyo
7mins | USA, 2019 | English with English subtitles

Through live-action and traditional animation, the film captures legendary drummer Tony Allen, revealing how he and his partner Fela Kuti created Africa's most popular music genre--Afrobeat

Opiyo Okeyo is an Angeleno writer, filmmaker, and founder of Rest In Beats, a production company developing projects that emphasize legacy and intergenerational dialogue in music. Opiyo began his career with Discovery Channel. His work has appeared on MTV, National Geographic, PBS, and Condé Nast Entertainment, among other networks. Birth of Afrobeat is his directorial debut.

Producers Opiyo Okeyo, David Glines, Eric Trosset
Director of Photography Michael Gabriele
Sound Matt Giordano
Editor Opiyo Okeyo
Music by Tony Allen
Artists Involved Chicago Afrobeat Project
Film Contact Rest in Beats

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