Content by tag "Femi Kuti"


Kokoroko: Kokoroko

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If you ask an Afrobeat fan to name their favourite bands--excluding lineups led by Fela Kuti during his lifetime--the probability is that their top five choices will include Seun Kuti's Egypt 80 and Femi Kuti's Positive Force, both based in Lagos, along with Dele Sosimi's Afrobeat Orchestra, based in London. Other credible outfits have emerged, but ...


Angelique Kidjo/Femi Kuti at Denver Botanic Gardens

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Angelique Kidjo/Femi Kuti
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver, CO
August 9, 2018

There is a Groove Heaven. I have proof. Angelique Kidjo, international world-beat star, recently released a song by song cover of the Talking Heads album Remain in Light (Sire, 1980). Kidjo, from Benin, has been exploring and laying down ...


StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Femi Kuti continues the Afrobeat tradition

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Femi Kuti continues the Afrobeat tradition

Today's video spotlight shines on Femi Kuti, the Nigerian singer and multi-instrumentalist who's coming to St. Louis with his band Positive Force to perform on Saturday, July 9 at The Ready Room. The eldest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, Kuti was born in London in 1962 and grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, raised mostly by his ...


2015: The Year in Jazz

Read "2015: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2015 was a curious blend of ups and downs, with glimmers of optimism offset by its losses. Venues opened to great fanfare, but others closed for a variety of reasons. UNESCO's International Jazz Day became firmly entrenched as the exclamation point on Jazz Appreciation Month activities in April. Daily arts journalism took a hit ...


Fatoumata Diawara at Nourse Theater

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Fatoumata Diawara
Nourse Theater
Mali Fest
San Francisco, CA
April 18, 2014

A buzz was in the air among those assembled at San Francisco's Nourse Theater for the first night of Mali Fest, a set of two concerts which featured two distinct acts. This initial evening headlined the multitalented singer, ...


Publish the Quest Grooves on Inspiration from Southeast Asia to the Pulse of Africa

Femi Kuti waxes poetic with Seattle’s Publish the Quest members and bellows, “Gimme horns! Gimme horns!” opening the groovy pan-world pop band’s new album Then What!? (Late Night Sessions), and leading into the “Gimme hope! Gimme hope!” of Jacob Bain’s unrelenting optimism. Before you know it, you’re on your feet ready to dance and to sign ...


Curumin Releases "Arrocha"

Curumin Releases "Arrocha"

"'Arrocha' means to hold on with a lot of pressure," Curumin says from his Sao Paolo home, describing the meaning behind his new album title. “In Bahia it’s a rhythm, a way of dancing where you hold your girl very close. That pressure is something we feel here in Sao Paolo. It’s a very big city ...


Part 15 - Femi Kuti: Africa For Africa / Antibalas: Who Is This America?

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Femi Kuti

Africa For Africa

Wrasse Records


Two decades and more down the line with his band, Positive Force, singer and multi-instrumentalist Femi Kuti gets better and better. His take on rhythm may not be the same as that of his father--and why should it be?--but in other respects ...


Jeff Beck to Headline Montreal Jazz Fest

Jeff Beck to Headline Montreal Jazz Fest

Soon-to-be Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Beck will make his first ever festival appearance at the Festival International de Jazz de Montral.

As part of the massive lineup for the 30th anniversary of the summer concert event, Jazz legends Ornette Coleman and Wayne Shorter, Jackson Browne, a blues pairing of Buddy Guy & ...


Femi Kuti: Fight to Win

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Femi Anikulapo Kuti was born in London on 16 June 1962, but he grew up in the Nigerian capital Lagos. Femi developed a real passion for music in early life, and his father, the legendary sax-star Fela Kuti, taught his son to play almost as soon as he could walk and thus learning to play an ...