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Africa for Africa

Femi Kuti Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 12, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Knitting Factory
  • ASIN: B004PF0FMY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,788 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dem Bobo
2. Nobody Beg You
3. Politics In Africa
4. Bad Government
5. Can t Buy Me
6. Africa For Africa
7. Make We Remember
8. Obasanjo Don Play You Wayo
9. Boys Dey Hungry For Town
10. Now You See
11. No Blame Them
12. Yeparipa
13. E No Good
14. It Don t Mean

Editorial Reviews

In a career spanning over twenty years, Femi Kuti has been able to find his own voice while preserving the memory of his father, Fela Kuti. The New York Times recently praised Femi for having 'carried the legacy admirably.' On his new album, Africa for Africa, Femi articulates a raw and forceful call to the long tradition of Afrobeat. Africa for Africa is in several ways a return to Femi's roots. He recorded the album in the same studio where he produced his first recordings with his father and his breakthrough solo album, Shoki Shoki. This recording is deliberately less produced than its predecessor, Day by Day, which was released to acclaim, including a Grammy nomination, in 2009. Africa for Africa aims to present Afrobeat in its rough, purest form. Femi has always performed music that is socially conscious, and he continues to develop his activist voice on the new album. The lyrics address government oppression and other modern problems in Africa. But the music retains a visceral power. London's The Times calls Africa for Africa, 'a thrilling dash from first to last' and Femi s 'finest outing'. Femi Kuti's recordings and live performances have garnered considerable critical acclaim. Time Out New York recently said, 'Kuti sends a political message as powerful as the horn line in his band,' and The Village Voice said, 'His youthful wiles lend a Westernized, accessible spin to the genre his father once reigned over.' And LA Weekly praised Femi, saying, 'his exultant music inspires unrestrained dancing and celebrates such subversive notions as freedom and equality...this is simply great rock and dance music, inspired as much by Miles Davis as James Brown.'

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The album that would have made his father proud! January 29, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Femi Kuti is back once more with his personal interpretation of Afrobeat, the style founded by his late father, Fela Kuti. The album contains a few songs that were on his Live at the Shrine DVD and a host of new songs that he's been playing live the last few years. This album was recorded in the Decca studio's in Lagos, Nigeria. A studio where his legendary father recorded no less legendary songs like "Sorrow, Tears and Blood" and "ITT". As you can guess the Decca studios aren't quite on the level of the high tech studios in Paris or London. It gives the album a bit of a "one-dimensional" sound that reminds us a bit of his father's work, which isn't a bad thing either way. But the album was purposely recorded in Lagos, Nigeria, as the city has an energy of its own (and I'm not speaking about the electricity network that fails the people almost every day). So one thing that stands out on this album is the energy. In fact the energy and intention are so persuasive that it leaves no room for melancholy or sentimentalism. This album is the closest you can get to Femi's superhot live performances and you could call it "a live album from the studio".

While Fela could write sax solo's as long as the trans-American Highway and Femi is an outstanding sax player in his own right, there are only two short solo's (one sax and one guitar) on this whole album. This leads me to think that the pan-African message is all important. The traditional African "call and answer" with Femi's back-up singers is totally back and used on each and every song and reinforces that Pan-African emphasis of the album. Africa for Africa is the Afrobeat equivalent of Bob Marley's " Survival" or the Pistols'" Anarchy in the UK".

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good music for the price. July 21, 2014
Format:Audio CD
Good product and price. Delivered on time. The music is as good as expected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff April 26, 2014
By Big AL
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
The lad's curving out his own version than his papa Fela Kuti. I appreciate that. He's adding to the body of music. I bought the viny version, 180g. Sounds awesome.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Live feel January 31, 2013
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
This album has the feel of more of one of his life shows which is what is missing from some of his other albums. This one seems to have some of the energy of his live shows and some of his father's records. I would purchase this one before you go to any other album.
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