Afrobeat star Femi Kuti brought his high-energy music to New York City last night. Performing at the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan, Kuti is touring North America to promote his 12th studio album, Africa for Africa. Kuti recorded his latest album at Decca/Afrodisia studios, the same place where he first began recording with his father. This album is taking Kuti back to his musical roots where he began as a musician in his father’s band, Egypt 80. More political than his last album Day by Day, Kuti is channeling the activist voice of his father’s music.


Kuti is the oldest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti. With his sound, Femi has stayed true to the musical genre created by his father. Addressing political oppression in Nigeria, modern problems plaguing all of Africa and other social issues, his latest album Africa for Africa is a must have for any true Femi Kuti fan. Also a must is a ticket to see him live.

 

The Onion has called Kuti’s concerts “One of the more powerful live shows on earth." Check out my footage of Femi Kuti and his band Positive Force from the concert and see for yourself. To find dates for his Spring/Summer North American tour click here.