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SEUN KUTI & EGYPT 80 (SPECIAL GUEST WATUSSI)

 

Saturday 10th November, Metro Theatre. Tickets

Friday 9th November, Brisbane Powerhouse. Tickets

Sunday 18th November, Hifi Bar Tickets

THE AUSTRALIAN “A relentless Nigerian funkfest”

GLOBAL RHYTHM “The new crown prince of Afrobeat”

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD “Seun Kuti and Fela’s Egypt 80 are a force of nature”

Sample  Seun’s latest album ‘From Africa with Fury: Rise (co-produced by Brian Eno)

Cartell Music is proud to present the return of Afrobeat luminary Seun Kuti with polyrhythmic groove pioneers Egypt 80, in Sydney this November.

Seun brings a rich lineage to the stage as the youngest son of Afrobeat founder, Fela Kuti. Unanimously hailed for continuing Fela’s musical legacy, Seun took control of his father’s 16-piece funk-fuelled orchestra, Egypt 80 at the age of 14 and has been laying down a potent version of indestructible rhythms ever since.

Kuti returns to our shores after his triumphant inaugural performances in Australia in 2009, headlining WOMADelaide and Sydney’s VIVID festival, where crowds were treated to the outfit’s electrifying live show.

Similarities to his father cannot be understated, with the young protégé producing piping hot Afrobeat straight from the source. A number of the current members of the Egypt 80 line-up consists of musicians that not only played with Fela, but who took part in Nigeria’s political and social uprising in the early 1980s alongside the founder of the Afrobeat movement.

Kuti’s return to Australia follows the release of his second album Rise where he has enforced a contemporary twist on the Afrobeat method. “I wanted to do something completely different,” Kuti said. “What inspires me is the time that I live in. What’s happening today in Africa are the same things that were happening 40 years ago when my father was songwriting, but they’re happening in different ways. So when I write my music, it’s from the perspective of a 27-year-old in 2012, rather than a 30-year-old in the 1970s,” said Kuti.

With that in mind, Seun Kuti and the Egypt 80 band are set to blaze a trail across the east coast of Australia on a mission to spread a musical message reflective of our times, but which echoes the rich history of West Africa.

Adding some serious musical firepower to the night will be Watussi, the well-traveled troupe of Latino-tinged roots rockers led by charismatic Columbian ex-pat, Oscar Jimenez. They’ll be bringing their blustering horns, party-fuelled rhythms and rocking roots bass-lines to add to Kuti’s nearly two decades of performing. Overall there’s set to be a heady brew of splintery guitars, scorching rhythms and sheer energy in Sydney this November

Saturday 10th November, Metro Theatre. Tickets

Friday 9th November, Brisbane Powerhouse. Tickets

Sunday 18th November, Hifi Bar Tickets

Post by Cartell Music 6/08/12

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