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Ready for a different kind of Presidents’ Day tribute? The late Nigerian musician and activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, known as the “Black President,” is saluted in tonight’s screening of the 1983 documentary Music Is the Weapon. This 52-minute biopic provides a mostly worshipful overview of the controversial Kuti’s life, focusing largely on his most creative period, the ’70s and ’80s. The movie captures all of Kuti’s charisma and contradictions and shines a light on the woes of one of Africa’s largest countries. Weapon shifts from an interview with the spliff-toting Kuti to horrific images of victims of the Nigerian military to concert footage of the face-painted singer-saxophonist and his numerous wives and band members delivering his unique “Afro-Beat” onstage. Whether reciting sexist cant or criticizing the military at whose hands he was beaten, jailed, and denied presidential candidacy, Kuti proves fascinating. At 9:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $3. (202) 667-7960. (Steve Kiviat)