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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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Etuk Ubong: Purpose Of Creation / Etuk's Ritual

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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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra at the Jazz Cafe

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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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

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 African ...

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 ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

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, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

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 ...


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