Events

Afrobeat at its Purest: Femi Kuti Releases Africa for Africa

Femi Kuti’s Africa for Africa album out on Knitting Factory Records

And so the Kuti revival continues: today marks the release of Femi’s new album from Knitting Factory Records, Africa for Africa. Recorded in the same studio he first recorded in with his father, Africa for Africa extends Femi’s – and his father’s – political legacy with tracks addressing the usual political suspects of modern Africa with a paired-down, pure afrobeat form: corruption, misuse of resources, tyranny and the repression of the population.


Femi and his band the Positive Force will tour their phenomenal powerhouse of a live show in the U.S. this spring and summer. For dates check it here or check them out below.  And for a little reminder of how hot a night with Femi can get, follow me after the jump.

FEMI KUTI TOUR DATES:

04.19.11The Opera HouseToronto, ON, CA
04.20.11L’AstralMontreal, QC, CA
04.21.11Paradise Rock ClubBoston, MA, US
04.22.11World Cafe LivePhiladelphia, PA, US
04.23.119:30 ClubWashington, DC, US
04.26.11Highline BallroomNew York, NY, US
04.27.11Music Hall of WilliamsburgBrooklyn, NY, US
04.28.11Beachland BallroomCleveland, OH, US
04.29.11St. Andrews HallDetroit, MI, US
04.30.11Metro - ChicagoChicago, IL, US
05.01.11Majestic TheatreMadison, WI, US
05.03.11The Orange PeelAsheville, NC, US
05.04.11Variety PlayhouseAtlanta, GA, US
05.05.11House of BluesNew Orleans, LA, US
05.06.11Austin City Limits Live at Moody TheaterAustin, TX, US
05.07.11House of BluesDallas, TX, US
05.09.11Boulder TheaterBoulder, CO, US
05.12.11El Rey TheatreLos Angeles, CA, US
05.13.11Bimbo’s 365 ClubSan Francisco, CA, US
05.14.11Roseland TheatrePortland, OR, US
05.15.11Neumo’sSeattle, WA, US
Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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