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.