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Femi Kuti: Live At The Shrine
Genre: Stage Performance

Reviewed In Issue 99 (Aug 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Femi Anikulapo Kuti, Biodun Abowaba, Olusegun Adeyemi, Andrew Aghedo, Jamiu Akinwande, Imeh Akpan, Ope Awomolo, Adekunie Ayobami Olayode, Joseph Darlington, Solomon Gbeng-Albert, Rotimi Hundryin, Richard Kingsley, Olugbenga Laleye, Saidi Obara, Tiwalade Ogunlowo, Dokun Oke, Debo Oloko Obi, Kunle Osunniran & Gbenga Oyategbe

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2.5
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Disc One includes an interview (split into 15 chapters) with Femi Kuti, a bonus trailer, a four-minute additional performance clip for

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Palm Pictures
(Catalog Number): PALMDV3115
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $24.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): No
(Running Time In Minutes): 87
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 06/28/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Rapha
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Traditional African music sees a new beat when it is blending with a bit of jazz and funk by Afrobeat legend Femi Kuti. This part-documentary, part-concert performance introduces those unfamiliar with Afrobeat to the roots and politics behind the sound, and how Femi Kuti follows closely in the footsteps of his father, Fela, who died in 1997. Live At The Shrine in Africa, Femi musically rails against the corruption of the Nigerian government and speaks for the people who are fighting. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The 1.80:1 non-anamorphic DVD concert performance and documentary are presented with mediocre, varying image quality. Much of the picture is soft, lacking fine details and definition. The color scheme often appears slightly undersaturated and lacking in true blacks. Noise and minor stairstepping artifacts are noticed. While not an impressive image, the picture is adequate for the genre. (Suzanne Hodges)

The amply wide front soundstage in both the two-channel PCM (at 1536 kbps bit rate) and Dolby