About the Film

Through live-action and animation, filmmaker Opiyo Okeyo captures legendary drummer Tony Allen, revealing how he and his partner Fela Kuti created the Afrobeat genre.

About the Filmmaker

Opiyo Okeyo is an Angeleno writer, filmmaker, and founder of Rest In Beats, a production house creating projects that emphasize legacy and intergenerational dialogue in music. Opiyo attended Howard University and began his career with Discovery Channel. His work has appeared on MTV, National Geographic, Condé Nast Entertainment, and BuzzFeed among others. “Birth of Afrobeat” is his directorial debut.

About Black Public Media

Black Public Media (BPM), formerly known as National Black Programming Consortium develops, produces, funds, and distributes media content about the African American and global Black experience. Our mission is to commit to a fully realized expression of democracy and we accomplish this by supporting diverse voices through training, education, and investment in visionary content makers. For 40 years, BPM has addressed the needs of unserved and underserved audiences. BPM continues to address historical, contemporary, and systemic challenges that traditionally impede the development and distribution of black stories.

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