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Article: Multiple Reviews

Fela Kuti plus Femi and Made Kuti: Challenging Debilitating Corruption with Dramatic Music

Read "Fela Kuti plus Femi and Made Kuti: Challenging Debilitating Corruption with Dramatic Music" reviewed by Scott Gudell


It's impossible to neatly sum up Fela Kuti's chaotic life, but a record company bio for a disc of the Afrobeat icon tried: “Fela's life as musician, political activist, rebel, and notorious free spirit has made him a larger-than-life icon of world music: the ultimate political artist who has survived beatings, imprisonment, government assaults and more." ...

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Article: Interview

Tamar Osborn: From Kalakuta To Collocutor: New Directions In Jazz

Read "Tamar Osborn: From Kalakuta To Collocutor: New Directions In Jazz" reviewed by Chris May


She has been likened to Gil Evans, Fela Kuti, Pharoah Sanders, Bismillah Khan and Mulatu Astatke, and the traditions represented by those musicians are all to be heard in the music of baritone saxophonist and composer Tamar Osborn. Osborn's aesthetic, however, is her own, and her band, Collocutor, is among the most distinctive on the British ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Afrobeat: An Alternative Top Ten

Read "Afrobeat: An Alternative Top Ten" reviewed by Chris May


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 ...

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Article: Album Review

Etuk Ubong: Purpose Of Creation / Etuk's Ritual

Read "Purpose Of Creation / Etuk's Ritual" reviewed by Chris May


Lagos-based Etuk Ubong is part of a long line of fiery Afrobeat-rooted trumpeters which stretches back to Tunde Williams, a founder member of Fela Kuti's Africa 70 band in the 1960s. The lineage's foundational provenance is centred around players such as Lee Morgan and early period Freddie Hubbard. Ubong made his own-name debut in ...

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Article: Live Review

Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra at the Jazz Cafe

Read "Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra at the Jazz Cafe" reviewed by Chris May


Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra / Yung Afriqa Pioneers The Jazz Cafe London January 24, 2020 Time was when if Londoners wanted to hear authentic live Afrobeat they needed to take a flight to West Africa, preferably Nigeria. Not anymore. All they need do in 2020 is take the ...

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Article: Album Review

Kokoroko: Kokoroko

Read "Kokoroko" reviewed by Chris May


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 ...

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Article: Live Review

Angelique Kidjo/Femi Kuti at Denver Botanic Gardens

Read "Angelique Kidjo/Femi Kuti at Denver Botanic Gardens" reviewed by Geoff Anderson


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 African ...

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News: Video / DVD

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 ...

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Article: Year in Review

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 ...


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