Cream of Africa DVD

Cream of Africa DVD
Ginger Baker is best known as the drummer for Cream, but his connection to Nigerian music spans many decades. He helped establish the first 16-track studio in Africa in the early ‘70s, a contribution to Lagos, Nigeria’s musical infrastructure that resulted high quality recordings for the burgeoning scene of the time. Ginger Baker in Africa (Eagle Rock) is a first person account of his initial Nigerian visit. Featuring Baker's hilariously, uh, baked narration, the first half is an entertaining travelogue with filmmaker Tony Palmer driving a Land Rover across the Sahara through Algeria, Niger and Nigeria. Most impressive, though, is a wild segment with Fela whipping his band into an absolute frenzy in a dangerously rain-soaked nightclub. A combination of the film's crappy sound and Fela's Nigeria 70 band hitting it hard make for a sublime Afro-noise juggernaut that justifies the whole disc.