Afrobeat Legend, Femi Kuti, Will Perform at the Africa Cup of Nations Opening Ceremony

The Nigerian musician will be singing the English version of the tournament's official anthem.

Soccer fans are counting down the remaining hours till the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) is set to officially kick off tomorrow in Egypt. Four-time Grammy nominated Afrobeats artist, Femi Kuti, is one of three international artists who'll be performing the tournament's "Metgameen" (translates to "we are together") anthem as part of the opening ceremony.

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Femi Kuti Talks Legacy, the Future of Afrobeat, Crossover Success for African Artists & More In New Interview

The renowned afrobeat musician sat down for a keynote session with OkayAfrica's music editor at Midem Music Conference in Cannes, France.

Midem, the annual music conference, described as "the leading music industry event for the music ecosystem" is currently underway in Cannes, France and OkayAfrica is on the ground for the action, starting with a keynote session with the legendary Femi Kuti.

In an extensive interview with OkayAfrica's very own music editor Kam Tambini, the celebrated afrobeat musician and head of the New Afrika Shrine, speaks on his vision for empowering new African musicians, the current status of afrobeat—the genre spearheaded by his father—the power of music in addressing pressing global issues, his new album and much more.

READ: Femi Kuti Is Leading Afrobeat Into the Anti-Trump Era

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'One Day Go Be One Day' Is an Experiential Look Beyond the Fela Kuti We Know

Directed by Akinola Davies Jr, this short film gives Fela's family the room to tell his complex truth.

This short film brought to you by Dazed, NTS and Carhartt WIP is a much-needed chronicling of Fela Kuti beyond the surfaced superstardom the world has imposed on him.

Directed by Akinola Davies Jr, One Day Go Be One Day fuses the voices of his sons Femi and Seun Kuti, his album cover artist Lemi Ghariokwu, spoken word and music by Nigerian musician Obongjayar and artistic reenaactments to expound on his life between 1977 and 1981, as well as how the death of Fela's mother—Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti—impacted his life.

"The death of his mum too really broke him," Ghariokwu says in the film.

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Femi Kuti Is Leading Afrobeat Into The Anti-Trump Era

We talk to Femi Kuti about his new album, One People One World, plus his desire for Africa to look inwards and become the center of the world.

For decades, Femi Kuti has been carrying the afrobeat torch lit by his father, Fela, and using music as a weapon to speak against political injustices in Nigeria and across the world.

On his forthcoming album, One People One World, Femi and his band Positive Force continue their modern take on afrobeat, crafting 12 highly-political songs that showcase the endless possibilities of what you can do with the genre's musical structure.

The new record, which will be Femi's tenth album, also features more optimistic songs about love and humanity. Its title track, "One People One World," is a plea towards global harmony and solidarity.

We caught up with Femi to talk about the politics behind these new songs, getting this son to play on the album, the fact he doesn't listen to music anymore and we also get his many thoughts on the rise of Trump.

One People One World is out February 23 from Knitting Factory Records.

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