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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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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

ProVerb’s Memoir Is A Huge Slap In The Face To South African Hip-Hop

In his memoir, one of South Africa's revered lyricists ProVerb and his co-author compromise his rich story with trite motivational talk.

The Book of Proverb

ProVerb has had a strange relationship with the SA hip-hop scene. Albeit being one of the most gifted lyricists the country has ever seen, he has grown to flow less and hustle more. Despite this, his name still comes up when the greatest (South) African rappers of all time are mentioned. MTV Base placed him as the 7th in their list of the greatest SA MCs of all time in 2018 for example.

The rapper-turned-media personality dedicates a paragraph of his memoir, The Book of Proverb, to explaining his complicated relationship with hip-hop. "Although I built my brand as a hip-hop artist, I never enjoyed full support or success from it," he writes. "Music is and always will remain a pass ion, but it stopped being viable when it stopped making business sense to me. If I was given more support, I might continue, but for now, I'll focus on my other hustles."

On the cover of the book which was released towards the end of 2020 by Penguin, Verb is wearing a charcoal blazer and sporting a white ball cap, so one can be forgiven for getting into it expecting both sides of his story. This memoir, however, is too vague to be a worthy read if you aren't necessarily reading to get motivated but to be simply informed and inspired.

While a few of The Book of ProVerb's chapters touch on his rap career, most of the book is about ProVerb the man, personality and businessman. Not so much one of the country's finest lyricists. This omission is a huge slap in the face for his fans and SA hip-hop fans in general.

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Winner of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, London-based Nigerian filmmaker Akinola Davies Jr speaks about his experimental film 'Lizard', what belonging looks like and the overlap between Hollywood and Nollywood.