Birth of Afrobeat

7:00
by OPIYO OKEYO
in Shorts

African music pioneer, Fela Kuti once said, ‘Without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat”. In this hybrid live-action/animated short, filmmaker Opiyo Okeyo documents drum legend Tony Allen as he recounts his contribution to the birth of Africa’s most exported music genre–Afrobeat.


Director Biography – Opiyo Okeyo
Opiyo Okeyo is a filmmaker from Los Angeles. Upon graduating from Howard University, he began his career as an editor with Discovery Channel. Opiyo’s work has appeared on MTV, National Geographic, History, VH1, PBS, and Netflix. “Birth of Afrobeat” is his directorial debut.