Seun Kuti & Egypt 80

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80

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Seun Anikulapo Kuti (born in 1982) is the youngest son of legendary Afrobeat founder Fela Kuti. At the age of nine Seun expressed the wish to sing to his father. A short while later Seun started acting as a sort of mascot and would sing a few songs backed by Egypt 80 before his father took to the stage. 
After Fela’s death of AIDS in 1997 Seun, then only 14 years old, became the lead singer of Egypt 80. His skills were showcased to the world with the 2008’s self-titled debut album. The album was hailed as one of the most exciting releases in world music in years. This was piping hot Afrobeat, straight from the source, with Seun staying very close to his father’s original formula but with a definite personal touch. Now, about 10 years later Seun released “Black Times” Including a song with Carlos Santana.
About three-fourths of the current Egypt 80 line-up consists of musicians that not only played with Fela, but often were arrested and harassed alongside the founder of the Afrobeat movement. Live sets consist of both new material and originals from Seun’s father. During his lifetime Fela never performed songs he had recorded, so for many fans this is their first chance to enjoy classics like Shuffering and Shmiling, Colonial Mentality and Army Arrangement in a live setting.  
As anyone who has attended Seun’s gigs can attest to, Fela’s spirit can be felt closely.

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