Album review: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
A tight, funky band led by one of Africa’s foremost political singers create an adrenalised, irresistible Afrobeat set you won’t be able to sit still to.
The second album from the 27-year-old son of global legend Fela sees him heading up his father’s Egypt 80 collective as songwriter, singer and band leader – with Brian Eno on production duties.
Building on his talents, Seun and band have come out with an adrenaline-fuelled, upbeat and politically astute Afrobeat album that shimmies, sparkles and pumps its way into your subconscious.
An irresistible funky beat powers African Soldier along amid police sirens and a storming brass riff, Seun orating over the top – an approach that continues through an invigorating set.
The battle cry on the title track - singing against the oil companies and diamond miners torturing his land and people - is subtler than his father’s was, but the passion remains.
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