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Many Things Seun Kuti Cartell Mu­sic/ In­er­tia FELA Kuti’s death in 1997 seemed to mark the end of an era. The charis­matic and con­tro­ver­sial founder of Afrobeat has passed into leg­end, as much for his mu­sic as his life­style. The lat­ter, how­ever, is a dis­trac­tion from the re­mark­able in­flu­ence he had on mu­sic and the po­lit­i­cal life in his na­tive Nige­ria. Two of his sons now carry his torch, each in dif­fer­ent ways. Femi Kuti re­cently pro­duced his best record­ing with a mix of Afrobeat and jazz in a con­tem­po­rary vein. His much younger brother Seun Kuti is chan­nelling his fa­ther in a more for­mal sense. Work­ing with the leg­endary swing­ing 18-piece band Egypt 80 that ac­com­pa­nied his fa­ther, Kuti ex­plores, like his brother and fa­ther, themes of poverty and cor­rup­tion in Nige­ria and the African con­ti­nent. Stick­ing to a more for­mal ex­po­si­tion of call and re­sponse singing with stun­ning brass back­ing, this is a disc that holds out the prom­ise of great things to come. His ap­pear­ance at WO­MADe­laide will heat the park and burn the floor.

Michael Rofe

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