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Seun Kuti and Africa 80 at Brick & Mortar

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Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 Brick & Mortar San Francisco, California February 23, 2019 The youngest son of legendary saxophonist, songwriter, social activist and political rebel Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Oluseun Anikulapo Kuti aka Seun Kuti is a force of nature. He has been unstoppable since being placed in command of his late father's band Egypt 80 two decades ago. Anticipation was in the air prior to Kuti's performance before a packed Saturday ...

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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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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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