Africa For Africa
Released On: Apr 12, 2011
Released By: Knitting Factory Records
In a career spanning over twenty years, Femi Kuti has been able to find his own voice while preserving the memory of his father, Fela Kuti. The New York Times recently praised Femi for having "carried the legacy admirably." On his new album, Africa for Africa Femi articulates a raw and forceful call to the long tradition of Afrobeat. Following much acclaim in Europe, Knitting Factory Records releases the album Stateside.
Africa for Africa is in several ways a return to Femi's roots. He recorded the album at Decca/Afrodisia, the same studio where he produced his first recordings with his father and No Cause For Alarm?. This recording is deliberately less produced than its predecessor, Day by Day, which was released to acclaim, including a GRAMMY nomination, in 2009. Africa for Africa aims to present Afrobeat in its rough, purest form.
Femi has always performed music that is socially conscious, and he continues to develop his activist voice on the new album. The lyrics address government oppression and other modern problems in Africa. But the music retains a visceral power. London's The Times calls Africa for Africa, "a thrilling dash from first to last" and Femi's "finest outing."
Femi and his band the Positive Force will tour the U.S. this spring and summer, offering what The Onion has called "one of the more powerful live shows on earth." Tour dates listed below.
04/19 - The Opera House - Toronto, Canada
04/20 - L'Astral - Montreal, Canada
04/21 - Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA
04/22 - World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, PA
04/23 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
04/26 - Highline Ballroom - New York, NY
04/27 - Music Hall Of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
04/28 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
04/29 - St. Andrews Hall - Detroit, MI
04/30 - Metro - Chicago - Chicago, IL
05/01 - Majestic Theatre - Madison, WI
05/03 - The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
05/04 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA
05/05 - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
05/06 - Austin City Limits Live at Moody - Austin, TX
05/07 - House of Blues - Dallas, TX
05/09 - Boulder Theater - Boulder, CO
05/12 - El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA - Win Tickets
05/13 - Bimbo's 365 Club - San Francisco, CA - Win Tickets
05/14 - Roseland Theatre - Portland, OR
05/15 - Neumo's - Seattle, WA