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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80: Black Times

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Seun Kuti's fourth album fronting Egypt 80, the all-conquering Afrobeat band he inherited from his father, Fela Kuti, marks the end of an era--and also supports the maxim that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Black Times is the first album released by Egypt 80 not to feature saxophonist and keyboard player Lekan Animashaun, who was the ensemble's bandleader since its formation in 1979 until last year. Animashaun joined Fela's first group, Koola Lobitos, ...

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Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 at SFJazz, San Francisco

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Seun Kuti and Egypt 80SFJazz San Francisco, California June 19, 2014 A popular aphorism maintains that “the apple never falls fall from the tree." That certainly holds true for Seun Kuti, the son of the legendary saxophonist, songwriter, social activist and political rebel Fela Kuti. The roots run deep. While apples are not indigenous to Nigeria, neither is the Afro Beat music which Fela Kuti developed and popularized, a legacy which his son continues. It ...

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Part 22 - Seun Kuti and Brian Eno Take Afrobeat Forward

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Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80From Africa With Fury: RiseBecause Music2011 It is, almost, too good to be true. With his second album, the aptly titled From Africa With Fury: Rise, co-produced with Brian Eno, Seun Kuti delivers on the promise of his debut, Many Things (Tot Ou Tard, 2008), which inhabited Fela's Afrobeat so resoundingly, and steps forward, his own man. All the music's original signatures are here: ...

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Part 18 - Seun Kuti talks about From Africa With Fury: Rise

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Seun Kuti's From Africa With Fury: Rise, the follow-up to the ferocious Many Things (Tot Au Tard, 2008), is under starter's orders--and Afrobeat Diaries' sneak preview attests that it's a monster, a stone delight of epic proportions. Produced by Brian Eno with John Reynolds and Kuti, with additional input from dub wizard Godwin Logie, the new album features Fela Kuti's son once more fronting Egypt 80 under the leadership of Lekan Animashaun, its founding bandleader, whose time ...

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Seun Kuti and Fela's Egypt 80: Many Things

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Few musical styles have been so completely defined by their originator as Afrobeat has been by the Nigerian singer, songwriter, band leader, saxophonist, organist, club and record company operator, polemicist and agitator, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Since Kuti's death in 1997, few musician's other than Kuti's drummer in Afrika 70, Tony Allen, have stepped forward convincingly to either recreate the original root style or recalibrate it for a new era. Until now that is, and Kuti's son Seun's magnificent, floor shaking ...

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Montreal Jazz Festival Day 6: July 3, 2007

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The middle day of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal is typically a transitional day with no indoor ticketed events. Instead, vistors get to choose from a series of free shows on the seven outdoor stages, situated throughout six square city blocks that are closed off ...