Born in 1983, Seun Kuti first began performing with Fela’s legendary band Egypt 80 at the age of 9, warming up audiences with renditions of his father’s songs. After Fela’s death in 1997, Seun stepped up as the band’s frontman, leading the celebrated combo as both lead vocalist and saxophonist. Though heavily influenced by his father’s legacy, Kuti was determined to cut his own distinctive musical path, incorporating contemporary influences into the traditional Afrobeat approach. Whereas Fela’s work often featured an explicit call to revolution, Seun’s goal is that of a subtle educator and to provoke awareness in a new generation of young Africans born after his father’s glory days. Fraught with scorching rhythms and kinetic funk energy, Kuti’s latest release From Africa With Fury: Rise follows his 2008 critically praised debut Many Things.
Founded in 1998, Faaji Agba began as a project to revive and re-capture the repertoire of veteran musicians associated with the Jazzhole label. The group, whose lineup includes former members of the Afro-Skittles Band Fatai Rolling Dollar, Chief Seni Tejuoso, and Prince “Eji” Oyewole, has been dubbed Nigeria’s Buena Vista Social Club. Faaji Agba—which means Elders’ Band – is bringing together a supergroup of veteran musicians who are re-popularizing faaji grooves, agidigbo blues, juju and other styles of Nigerian roots music. This marks their first performance as a group in the U.S.Travel support provided by Arik Air.
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