Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80 - From Africa With Fury: Rise
Label: Because Music
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
Includes one vinyl-only bonus track (D2).
Includes digital download inside
Country: Released: Mar 2011
Genre: Folk, World, & Country, Funk / Soul, Jazz
A1 African Soldier 5:16
A2 You Can Run 5:37
B1 Mr. Big Thief 7:38
B2 Rise 7:05
C1 Slave Masters 7:45
C2 From Dem Eye 6:56
D1 The Good Leaf 6:12
D2 Giant Of Africa 5:49
© 2011 Knitting Factory Records under exclusive licence to Because Music.
Afrobeat is a style of music developed by Fela Kuti and his drummer Tony Allen in the late 1960's and early 1970's by fusing several styles of African and Afro-American music. Since Fela Kuti's death in 1997 the most well-known Afrobeat artists are his eldest son Femi and his youngest son Seun. Both sons inherited the pan-African political ideas of their father, but musically there is a big difference between the two. It could be said that of the two Femi is more on the Afro-American side of the Afrobeat equation, while Seun is more on the African side.
It has been a long wait for Seun Kuti's second album. Seun is backed by his late father's orchestra, Egypt 80. The songs were perfected in the spotlights of the hot live show arena, they were recorded in sunny Buenos Aires and the mixing and remixing done in London with the help of no other than Brian Eno himself. If that's no recipe for a beast of an album I don't know what is! It is said that an artist's second album is the make or break album. If this is true, this is without doubt a MAKE album. It places Seun Kuti firmly on the map of World Music.
All seven songs on the album last between seven and eight minutes. Five of the seven songs are fast paced attacks on Africa's injustice with a plethora of polyrhythm's that will leave you either dazed or dancing. The Good Leaf is the only non-political song and an ode to Seun's favorite drug Marihuana (yes, he does take after his father). There's a slight high tech touch on two songs that's certainly welcome, but doesn't figure much in the overall picture. Rise is the only slow tempo song on the album and it's the pearl in the lotus flower. Nowhere is the fury about Africa's misery more intense than in this song. Despite it's slow tempo it's one of those songs that really make you want to get up and punch someone (a corrupt African leader, if present) in the face. The song contains a few lyrical nods to his father's work like "black man for face, white man for yansh" that show us that Seun knows his stuff. This album is both classic Afrobeat as well as an Afrobeat classic. This is African music at it's best. When I listen to this album I picture Fela Kuti in his grave with his famous big smile on his face, listening to Rise: From Africa with Fury.
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 - Rise
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 - The Good Leaf