Seun Kuti & Fela's Egypt 80 - CD
Seun Kuti is the son of Fela Kuti, one of Africa's greatest musician and the originator of Afrobeat.
With the same energetic and booming voice as Fela, Seun has developed his own raging rhythm, citing Chuck D, Dr. Dre and Eminem among his other musical heroes. Seun started learning to play saxophone and piano when he was 8, and first appeared on stage at 9 as opening act with his father's band, Egypt 80.
Here he delivers an incendiary debut album that will leave no doubt that Seun is also heir to Fela Kuti's hardline militancy. Apart from Fire Dance, every track on this release is a ravaging pamphlet against the corruption, ignorance, malady, sadness, pollution and many other ills that ravage contemporary Africa.
Seun has adopted his father's second Yoruba name, Anikulapo (meaning I've got death in my quiver). His songs are arrows that never miss their targets: the corrupt, the bribers and the oppressors. For Seun, taking up where his father left off is about building on Fela's legacy not trying to escape it: he was a very great man. But of course every artist wants to define himself?.
From the opening bars of the self-titled debut ideas, words, and notes whiz about with abandon. The Afrobeat magic is set in motion while the delirious, unrelenting groove machine carries the listener away without missing a moment. For this debut album, Seun is leading the legendary Egypt 80 orchestra, his father's last band. Egypt 80 have been together for over 2 decades and it shows in every note.
1. Many Things / 2. Na Oil / 3. Don't Give That Shit To Me / 4. Fire Dance / 5. Think Africa / 6. Mosquito Song / 7. African Problems