May 3, 2013 "A groove with a message" is how the director of Femi Kuti's new video describes the song. It's an apt way to think of all the music made by Femi Kuti, who is the son of legendary afrobeat musician Fela Kuti.
Femi Kuti and Seun Anikulapo-Kuti.
Julien Mignot; Kelechi Amadiobi/Courtesy of Knitting Factory Records
July 5, 2011 The oldest and youngest sons of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti have both released new albums. Each strikes its own balance between individual expression and Afrobeat orthodoxy.
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June 8, 2011 Talk about filling big shoes. The son of Afrobeat icon Fela Kuti joined host Jon Kertzer in KEXP's studios with his 12-member band, Positive Force, for a lively session.
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Like his father Fela, Femi Kuti puts African politics front and center in his music.
Julien Mignot/Courtesy of the artist
April 27, 2011 He has been one of the most recognized and beloved Nigerian musicians of the past 20 years. The son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti has broken from his father's legacy and created his own unique identity.
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July 30, 2007 As son of Nigeria's legendary Afrobeat musician Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti has some big shoes to fill. But Femi he has risen to his own star status, partly by mixing Afrobeat with modern soul and hip-hop. Kuti talks about his success, his father's legacy, and his enduring love for Africa.
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July 13, 2007 A veritable superstar in his native Nigeria, Femi Kuti is the standard bearer for Afro-beat, the blend of American jazz and funk with African percussion and vocals pioneered by his father, Fela Kuti in the 1970s. Hear Femi Kuti recorded live in concert from Washington, D.C.
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July 29, 2005 Producer Derek Rath talks with Afrobeat musician Femi Kuti about his new album and DVD, Live at the Shrine. The son of legendary Nigerian musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti talks about the Los Angeles concert, politics and the power of music to unite a crowd and a continent.
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July 27, 2000 Banning Eyre reports on the legacy of Nigerian bandleader and activist Fela Kuti. Kuti came from a talented and educated family. He was educated in England and spent time in America. In the 1970's, his jazz and funk-influenced music challenged the political and military leadership of Nigeria. His lifestyle reflected his sharp rejection of Western ideas. Kuti eventually died of complications from AIDS. But his life is attracting new attention here in the US as his son Femi tours with a band, and a new biography by Michael Veal details his life. (12:30) Please note, Fela: The Life & Times of an African Musical Icon, by Michael E. Veal is published by Temple University Press; ISBN# 1566397650, June 2000.
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