Ginger Baker in Africa

Director Tony Palmer
United Kingdom / 54 min. / 1973 / English


Here we find the diary of his 1971 voyage to Nigeria (which the drummer undertook to unravel the mysteries of African rhythm) narrated in his own words and captured by Palmer. Prepare yourselves for touaregs, humor, sand and more sand, Fela Kuti live, tambour jams, automobile accidents and more jungle adventures. 


Mr. Baker, I presume. Rock stars – and he, as the drummer for Cream, that went there, did that and bought the T-shirt – tend not to travel like this: crossing Africa in a Range Rover, hanging loose, with no clean underwear. But Baker isn't your typical musician, and his passion beckoned. This is the diary of the risky journey he undertook to Nigeria (crossing through various African countries), as told in his own words (which are poetry, which are spoken word), and captured by Palmer. Feast your peepers on touaregs, humour sand, more sand, seven consecutive minutes of Fela Kuti live, African tambour jams, birds of prey, architectural termite mounds, automobile accidents, clashes with the police (in bold animation), car skeletons, salt rocks, "we'll leave the sheet behind" and suddenly, the Niger river, changes of driver, the jungle, tribal dances, Afrobeat and tropical storms. And Baker, roaming and reciting in the midst of it all, glasses round his neck and goggle-eyed, smiling almost demonically and living it large. The ecstasy of a percussionist in rhythmic heaven.

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Showing format

Ginger Baker, Fela Ransome Kuti

Bob Bolt

Music Composer
Ginger Baker

Film company
Isolde Films, Peter Baker Productions

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