Documentary Chronicles Afro-Funk Music In The East, Shedding Light On Its Pioneers

April 3rd, 2024

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On March 17, 2024, The African Music Library and lawyer and historian Nze Ed Emeka Keazor hosted the official Lagos premiere of Nze Keazor’s film ‘Ki’mon’.

Eastern Nigerian Afro-Funk Revolution documentary premieres in Lagos.

‘The Eastern Nigerian Afro-Funk Revolution 1970-1980. Ki’mon!’ exists to foster a deep understanding of the Eastern Afro-Funk movement through stories from the very legends who pioneered it, as well as the radio presenters, historians, music critics, and more who chronicled the movement.

The event took place at Alliance Francaise, Ikoyi, Lagos this film premiere followed the film’s prior screenings in Enugu and London. This event was hosted in partnership with Josplay Music, Piql Africa, Iba Aije, and Nigerian Funk.

This film is directed by Ed Keazor, produced by him and veteran Afro-Funk drummer Eddie Offeyi, and executive produced by Muni King-Keazor, Obi Asika, and Ed Keazor.

In an era where the contributions of our past music heroes are largely under-appreciated and under-documented, ‘Ki’mon’ not only narrated history but also celebrated the contributions of key players in Eastern Nigeria’s Afro-Funk scene, and further illuminates the complex cultural realities of a post-Biafra Nigeria.

Audiences were also welcomed with an original Afro-Funk song mix created by Alternative artist Suté Iwar, founder of the Abuja-based NGO Nigerian Funk who are a collective dedicated to preserving Nigeria’s music history).

Guests at the Lagos premiere of ‘The Eastern Nigerian Afro-Funk Revolution 1970-1980. Ki’mon!’

In addition to a screening of the film, this premiere included a film talkback with Nze Keazor and a cohort of music industry legends, a performance from the Lagos Afro-Funk Collective, and a presentation of Lifetime Achievement Awards to a set of Nigerian music industry legends for their incredible contributions to the history of Nigerian music.


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