Audio

Audio: Somi Releases "Live at Jazz Standard" (Album Preview)


Our fellow Brooklyninte, Somi, who was born to parents from Rwanda and Uganda, debuts her first live album, Live at Jazz Standard, a ten-track collection of new African soul and jazz which was taped over two nights (live, obvs) at the Jazz Standard in New York City. (The house was sold out both nights, by the way.) The compilation, which includes original tracks done in English and three different East African languages, also pays tribute to musicians like Bob Marley and Abbey Lincoln with soulful covers of “Waiting in Vain” and “Should’ve Been.” Like any good live album, this effort takes you to the front row of a Somi show – capturing the passion, grace, and strength of her performance.  Check it out for yourself, in stores and online.  For more on Somi, check out the Revivalist's feature story.

Listen to the Live at Jazz Standard album preview:

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Interview

Interview: Made Kuti Talks Afrobeat, Activism & Family Legacy

We speak with Made about his debut album and the part he's playing in keeping the Kuti heritage alive.

It's all about happiness for Made Kuti. He wants to spend his entire life making music and living contentedly while doing so. This is why he is living above pressures, people's expectations of what the legendary Fela's grandson should look like and the kind of music he should be making.

"My goal is to attain internal happiness and I know that this can't come externally. It can't come from what people think of me and it can't come from me searching for other people's approval and I understood that long ago."

While he was alive, Fela Anikulapo Kuti—the legendary creator of the afrobeat genre—had bragged multiple times about his immortality and how he would never die. Many had understood his claim to be literal, when he in fact meant that his work and legacy would forever be remembered. Proof of this is a joint album project by Femi Kuti and Made Kuti, son and grandson of the man who is arguably the greatest musician to have emerged from the African continent.

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