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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
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