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Afrobeat: An Alternative Top Ten

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It would be hard if not impossible to compile an Afrobeat Top Ten which was not wholly made up of Fela Anikulapo Kuti albums. Such was Kuti's centrality in the creation and development of Afrobeat, such was the productivity of his recording career--his catalogue totals more than fifty albums, not counting reissues and compilations--and such was ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Jessica Lurie: In It For The Long Haul

Read "Jessica Lurie: In It For The Long Haul" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Jazz music, in all its forms, spread throughout world culture, is deeply embedded in the American experience. It is a culture based phenomena uniquely reflecting that experience in such a personal and expressive way as to embrace the myriad of crosscurrents that express new interpretations of the form. It is deep as the physicality ...

Saluting the Black President: London, UK, May 17, 2013

Read "Saluting the Black President: London, UK, May 17, 2013" reviewed by Chris May

Saluting the Black President Dele Sosimi, Ginger Baker, Tony Allen, Keziah Jones, Afrikan Boy, others 229 London, UK May 17, 2013 Saluting the Black President was presented to mark the release of the second batch of albums in Knitting Factory UK's Fela Anikulapo Kuti reissue program. The event sold ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Dawda Jobarteh: Northern Light Gambian Night

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Dawda JobartehNorthern Light Gambian NightSterns Music2011 As the Gaddafis, Assads, Kim Jongs and other poisoned bloodlines (how long have you got?) remind us, dynastic succession is usually bad news. But in African music, bloodlines are benign: from childhood, a musician learns his art from a family elder ...

ARTICLE: AFROBEAT DIARIES

Part 21 - Final Fela Kuti Masterpieces Reissued

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Fela Power Show: Batch 4 is the concluding, eight-disc chapter in Knitting Factory Records' 26-disc reissue program of Fela Anikulapo Kuti albums and early singles. It starts on the 1979/80 cusp of the dissolution of Afrika 70 and the formation of Egypt 80, when Kuti made the landmark Vagabonds In Power (1979), Coffin For Head Of ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Chris May's Best Releases of 2010

Read "Chris May's Best Releases of 2010" reviewed by Chris May

Here are my favorite dozen new releases of 2010. It was an outstanding year on many fronts. There was ravishing lyricism from saxophonists Nat Birchall and Stan Sulzmann and beyond-touristic flamenco and Indian infusions from bassist Dave Holland and singer Amit Chaudhuri, the politically charged complete works of Fela Anikulapo Kuti and the delicious ...

ARTICLE: AFROBEAT DIARIES

Part 14 - Fela! Original Broadway Cast Recording

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Various ArtistsFela! Original Broadway Cast RecordingKnitting Factory Records2010 One of the several extraordinary things about the Broadway musical Fela! is not so much that approaching 400,000 people have seen the production since it opened at the Eugene O'Neill Theater in November 2009, but that the many friends ...

ARTICLE: AFROBEAT DIARIES

Part 13 - The Complete Works of Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Read "Part 13 - The Complete Works of Fela Anikulapo Kuti" reviewed by Freddy Charles

Fela Anikulapo KutiThe Complete Works Of Fela Anikulapo KutiWrasse Records2010 Who knew? Who imagined, even a few years ago, that the life and music of Fela Anikulapo Kuti would inspire the biggest Broadway musical sensation of 2010 and the concurrent release of this lovingly put together, definitive ...

NEWS: EVENT

All About Jazz's Chris May to speak at Fela Kuti events across UK

AAJ senior editor Chris May will give the first in a series of talks about Nigerian Afrobeat originator Fela Anikulapo Kuti at the British Library, London on Saturday 23 October, as part of the Nigeria 50+ festival. The event is the first of several to be held in British cities this fall. May, the author of ...


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