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Seun Kuti

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Article: Interview

Seun Kuti on His Music and His Politics

Read "Seun Kuti on His Music and His Politics" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser


At 39, Seun Kuti is many things. Singer-songwriter. Band leader. Saxophone and keyboard player. Father, husband. Politically active Nigerian citizen. Social critic and community leader. He is married to Yetunde George Ademiluyi and has a daughter Adara, who was born in 2013. Seun is the youngest son of the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti and his wife ...

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Article: Live Review

Ravi Coltrane at SFJAZZ Center

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Ravi Coltrane SFJAZZ Center San Francisco, California April 29, 2022 When you have a famous father, whether you are Seun Kuti, Miley Cyrus, or one of the innumerable talented offspring of other celebrated musicians, expectations can be enormous. That especially holds true when one is the second son of the ...

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Article: Interview

Gary Bartz At 80: On Jazz Is Dead, Miles Davis And Why Improvisation Is A Dirty Word

Read "Gary Bartz At 80: On Jazz Is Dead, Miles Davis And Why Improvisation Is A Dirty Word" reviewed by Rob Garratt


It's hard to talk to Gary Bartz about music. Not because he's a difficult or reluctant interviewee—quite the opposite. In fact, the 80-year-old saxophonist is refreshingly unguarded and garrulous when looking back over his formidable six-decade musical career. It's just finding the right words that's the tricky part. Like many musicians, jazz isn't one ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

Album

Black Times

Label: Strut Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Last Revolutionary; Black Times; Corporate Public Control Department; Kuku Kee Me; Bad Man Lighter; African Dreams; Struggle Sounds; Theory Of Goat And Lamb.

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Article: Live Review

Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 at SFJazz, San Francisco

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Seun Kuti and Egypt 80SFJazz San Francisco, California June 19, 2014 A popular aphorism maintains that “the apple never falls fall from the tree." That certainly holds true for Seun Kuti, the son of the legendary saxophonist, songwriter, social activist and political rebel Fela Kuti. The roots run deep. While apples ...


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