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Seun Kuti & Egypt 80's 'A Long Way To The Beginning' LP

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80's third studio album "A Long Way To The Beginning' is out now.


In A Long Way To The Beginning, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 aim to reshape Fela's politically-charged afrobeat for the modern ear. The group's highly-anticipated third studio album, co-produced by Robert Glasper, is a relentless 7-track excursion into horns, drums and call and response. Glasper's keyboard appears on several tracks, while additional collaborations arrive throughout the release from M-1 of Dead Prez ("IMF"), Nigerian songstress Nneka ("Black Woman"), and Ghanaian/NY rapper Blitz the Ambassador ("African Smoke"). The album's combination of classic afrobeat sounds and contemporary social commentary is most apparent on lead single "IMF (International Mother Fucker)," a horn-flanked jab at the International Monetary Fund's intervention on Nigerian economic and oil policies. Watch the video for "IMF" below and scroll down to see the band's upcoming North American tour dates along with our own NYC contest. Grab a copy of A Long Way To The Beginning, available on iTunes now from Knitting Factory Records.

>>>Buy Seun Kuti & Egypt 80's 'A Long Way To The Beginning' LP via iTunes

>>>Stream 'A Long Way To The Beginning' via NPR

>>>Enter to win tickets to Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 Live in NYC w/ Rich Medina

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 2014 Tour Dates:

06/10/14 New York, NY Highline Ballroom

06/11/14 Washington DC Howard Theatre

06/13/14 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Festival

06/14/14 Black Mountain, NC Pisgah

06/17/14 San Diego, CA World Beat Center

06/19/14 San Francisco, CA SF Jazz Center

06/20/14 Boonville, CA Sierra Nevada World Fest

06/21/14 Santa Cruz, CA Catalyst

06/22/14 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl

06/28/14 Somerset, UK Glastonbury Festival

07/11/14 Quebec City, QC Festival d’ete International De Quebec

07/12/14 Toronto, ON Phoenix

07/13/14 Detroit, MI Concert of Colors

07/14/14 Chicago, IL Concord

07/15/14 Iowa City, IA Englert

07/16/14 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center

07/20/14 Vancouver, BC Vancouver Folk

07/21/14 Seattle, WA Neumos

07/22/14 Portland, OR Star Theatre

07/23/14 Boise, ID Knitting Factory

07/24/14 Missoula, MT Top Hat

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9 Black Electronic Musicians You Should Be Listening To

Featuring DJ Lag, Spellling, Nozinja, Klein, LSDXOXO and more.

We know that Black queer DJs from the Midwest are behind the creation of house and dance music. Yet, a look at the current electronic scene will find it terribly whitewashed and gentrified, with the current prominent acts spinning tracks sung by unnamed soulful singers from time to time. Like many art forms created by Black people all over the world, the industry hasn't paid homage to its pioneers, despite the obvious influence they have. Thankfully, the independent music scene is thriving with many Black acts inspired by their forefathers and mothers who are here to revolutionize electronic music. Here are a list of the ones you should check out:

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