Check out this footage from WNYC's live performance program Soundcheck, featuring Femi Kuti & The Postive Force, a full 11-piece band. Here he performs the title track from his latest album, "Africa for Africa." Today he will also be a featured guest on NPR at 3pm EST to discuss his music and politics - don't miss it!
On his album Africa For Africa, released today, Femi Kuti articulates a raw and forceful call to the long tradition of Afrobeat. Recorded in the same studio where he produced his first recordings with his father Fela Kuti and his breakthrough solo album No Cause For Alarm?, Africa for Africa is in several ways a return to Femi's roots. Deliberately less-produced than its predecessor Day by Day, it aims to present Afrobeat in its roughest, purest form. Femi continues to develop his activist voice on the new album, with the lyrics addressing government oppression and other modern problems in Africa, but the music retains a visceral power.
Win tickets to one of the following shows on Femi's US Tour:
4/21 - Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA
4/22 - World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, PA
4/26 - Highline Ballroom - New York, NY
4/30 - Metro - Chicago - Chicago, IL
5/06 - Austin City Limits Live at Moody - Austin, TX
5/12 - El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
5/13 - Bimbo's 365 Club - San Francisco, CA More Tour Dates
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. Following his 2008 album Day By Day and ushering in a more aggressive but pointed style of music, Africa for Africa will be released on March 22nd on Knitting Factory Records. Femi’s offerings on Africa for Africa show that although an heir in the family lineage of Fela, Femi is carving out his own space in the great history of Afrobeat and African Music. Africa for Africa aims to present Afrobeat in its rough, purest form. After the jump, get more info and check out Femi's upcoming North American tour dates for April and May.