Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80 - From Africa with Fury: Rise
- Jan Fairley
- 25 April 2011
The youngest Kuti maintain's the family's vibrant Afrobeat legacy
(Knitting Factory Records/ Because Music)
The youngest son of Fela Kuti and step-brother of the fiery Femi, Seun Kuti records and tour with a rejuvenated version of his father’s old band Egypt 80 with whom he has played since pre-teens. This is funky, afrobeat at its best: strident horns blasting over driving rhythms, Kuti alternating riffing saxophone lines with intoned lyrics partnered by an exuberant female chorus. Titles for songs like ‘African Soldier’ and ‘Slave Masters’ pithily capture their unequivocal content as he exposes endemic corruption in inimitable Kuti style.