Happy Monday everyone. We continue in Nigeria on this new post. Here is a video I found over the weekend that will be airing on PBS’ “Sound Tracks: Music without Borders” tonight (check your local listings or watch the segment below). This segment of the show, shot in mini-doc style, is very informative, entertaining and inspiring. Carrying on the dynasty of his father, the late-great and still celebrated Fela Kuti, Seun Anikulapo Kuti now heads Fela’s Egypt 80. Seun took over Fela’s band after his death, as a child of only 14 years of age. Seun’s first album with the band, Many Things, was released in 2008 and if you haven’t heard it yet you are sleeping on a really good album. Like his big brother Femi Kuti, Seun has brings more to the afro-beat genre that we have nothing but love for long standards equiped with strong messages of hope. Good music is generational and we continue to see that with the offspring that come from the greats like Bob Marley, Joao Gilberto, Fela Kuti and so many others. There is much more I could add to this, but the film wraps it up really quite nice.
Watch the segment for yourself, “Fela Kuti: Black President,” here and when you’re done with that download the track “Fire Dance” from Seun Kuti and Fela’s Egypt 80, from their debut album distributed by Mr. Bongo Records among others.
all the best,