BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

Femi Kuti / Bombino

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A true musical veteran and incendiary young influencer, these two powerhouses are sure to make the Bandshell teem with energy.

Date

Jul 23, 2016
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6:30PM GATES / 7:30PM SHOW

Cost

FREE

Location

Prospect Park Bandshell
9th Street & Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215
United States
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  • Femi Kuti

    Photo: Courtesy of the Artist

  • Bombino
    Photo: Alice Durigatto


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FEMI KUTI, eldest son of Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti, began his career playing in his father’s band Egypt 80. He founded his own group Positive Force, with Egypt 80’s keyboard player Dele Sosimi, in 1986 and has never looked back. Though he has forged his own path and become a world music icon in his own right, “the baton is definitely in his hands.” (Questlove) Kuti’s relentless energy as a performer is matched by his activism — he has championed AIDS awareness and fighting disease through various projects, often in collaboration with other musicians, and has been outspoken on issues of poverty and corruption in Nigeria. While his art is inherently politicized, his shows are always joyous and fiercely celebratory occasions.

The Tuareg guitar wizard BOMBINO’s “pyrotechnic virtuosity in expressing tichumaren (desert blues) has been compared to that of Jimi Hendrix.” (NPR) Bombino, whose given name is Goumour Almoctar, was born in Tidene, Niger, an encampment of nomadic Tuaregs northeast of Agadez. His musical career has taken shape against the backdrop of his participation in various Tuareg rebellions since 1980, the year of his birth. He has, along the way, been championed by musicians ranging from the Rolling Stones to Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, who produced his Nonesuch Records debut Nomad (2013) to Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors, who produced his groundbreaking 2015 album Azel.


Friends Member Seating & Tent Access

Friends Seating: Front seats open to Seat-Pass and Tent-Pass members 
Friends Tent: Open to Tent-Pass members
Sponsor Tent: Open to Tent-Pass members


Venue Information:

The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is one of New York City's longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals and is held every summer at the Prospect Park Bandshell. 

All Performances Rain or Shine. In the event of dangerous weather we will be communicating updates on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Doors open one hour prior to performance unless otherwise noted.