Nigerian Superstar Femi Kuti and his Afrobeat Orchestra Play Lyndonville Concert January 27th
Getting back to the essence of Afrobeat is the central aim of Nigerian superstar and three-time Grammy nominee Femi Kuti, the reigning king of the groundbreaking musical form invented and made hugely popular by his legendary father, Fela Kuti. This potent and influential musical form creates a big band sound rooted in native African harmonies and rhythms. Through its 14 or more musicians on stage, playing multiple guitars, percussion, trumpets, saxophones, trombones, and vocals. Afrobeat mixes a variety of musical elements, including soul, jazz, a hard-driving funk, West African highlife, fiery rock ‘n roll licks, and a spontaneous outburst of exuberant chants and call-and-response singing. Femi Kuti’s 14-piece band The Positive Force also includes wildly gyrating African women dancers, creating an infectious energy and sound that becomes a force to be reckoned with.
Kingdom County Productions and Lyndon State College will present Femi Kuti and The Positive Force in its only northern New England concert at 7pm, Sunday, January 27th at the Twilight Theater at Lyndon State College. Tickets are now on sale at the Catamount Regional Box Office or by calling 802-748-2600. Online sales and information are available at KingdomCounty.org.
Femi Kuti got his start as part of his father’s band but he set out on his own after his father’s death in 1997. Larger-than-life Fela Kuti was recognized worldwide as a pioneering musical innovator and political maverick on a continent ravaged by poverty, corruption, and the legacy of colonialism. The hit Broadway play, “Fela” is based on Fela’s music and his turbulent but indelible life story. Femi Kuti has found new
voice for his father’s social message but, not satisfied to live in Fela’s shadow, he has advanced and amplified Afrobeat and given it new meaning and musical range, bringing it into the 21st century. Femi Kuti has enlisted a range of musical collaborators on his albums, include U.S. stars Common, Mos Def, and Jaguar Wright. The Kuti sound has influenced scores of musicians worldwide, including David Byrne (The Talking Heads), Brian Eno, Branford Marsalis, Paul Simon, and the American-based Afrobeat band, Antibalas. Threads of Abrobeat can also be found in hip-hop.
The January 27th Femi Kuti concert is produced by Kingdom County Productions (KCP) and Lyndon State College working in association with Catamount Arts and a host of local individual, business, and media sponsors. For more information or to make arrangements for group or student sales, contact KCP producer and artistic director Jay Craven (j firstname.lastname@example.org).