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  • Vinyl (June 21, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Knitting Factory
  • ASIN: B004X6J396
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,733 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. African Soldiers
2. You Can Run
3. Mr. Big Thief
4. Rise
5. Slave Masters
6. For Dem Eye
7. The Good Leaf

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Co-Produced by Brian Eno! Featuring Fela Kuti's Band-Egypt 80!
With the mighty new From Africa With Fury: Rise, Seun Anikulapo Kuti heads up Egypt 80, the extraordinary combo first fronted by his renowned father. The album follows Kuti s critically praised debut, 2008's Many Things, which was unanimously hailed for continuing Fela s musical legacy. From Africa With Fury: Rise sees Kuti finding his own idiosyncratic voice as songwriter, singer, and band leader, its songs and sonic approach marked by provocative edge and mature self-assurance.

Co-Produced by Brian Eno, John Reynolds, and Kuti, with additional production by Godwin Logie, and mixed by John Reynolds and Tim Oliver, the album captures Seun and Egypt 80's extraordinary power, fraught with the scorching rhythms and kinetic funk energy that has earned the band as ever, under the leadership of alto saxophonist Lekan Animashaun worldwide acclaim as one of today's most incendiary live acts. With Kuti's booming vocal stylings at the forefront, songs like 'African Soldiers' and 'Mr. Big Thief' are fueled by call-and-response hooks, breakneck tempos, and combative, topical lyricism which firmly sets the classic Egypt 80 sound in the modern era.

'I wanted to do something completely different,' Kuti says. 'Not different by trying to be American or European with my sound, just trying to make a very different album from my last album. My last album, it was my first time in control, I was not as confident as in saying what I wanted. This time, I said, Okay, I can be more confident in how I express myself, I can say what I want, be as complex as I want. '

Kuti was concerned that studios in his hometown of Lagos, Nigeria were not up to the job, so the album's basic tracks were recorded at Rio de Janiero's Cia. Dos Tecnicos Studios with veteran producer/mixer Godwin Logie (Steel Pulse, Horace Andy) behind the board. In the fall of 2010, Kuti made two visits to London where he mixed the record alongside legendary producers Brian Eno and John Reynolds. Eno an avowed fan who had previously invited Kuti and his band to perform at Sydney's Luminous Festival 2009 and the UK's Brighton Festival 2010 has nothing but the highest praise for Seun and his band, hailing them for making some of the biggest, wildest, livest music on the planet.'

Co-producer Reynolds (whose work as musician, producer, and mixer spans such artists as Sinéad O' Connor, U2, and Natacha Atlas) agrees, applauding Kuti and Egypt 80's distinctive Afrobeat as 'a musical adrenaline rush.'

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It is very hard to sit still and listen to this.
L. Simon
I picked this up without knowing anything about afrobeat,i was drawn in by the power of the horn section and the drums/percussion,amazing!
El GUAPO
First hearing this album in digital form on Rhapsody, I was instantly in love with the clean and precise instrumentation.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Julio Punch on August 11, 2011
Format: Audio CD
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By battman919 on July 21, 2012
Format: Vinyl
All 4 of the other reviews are spot on. If you love Afrobeat, this is a must. If you love vinyl records in headphones, or anywhere, this is a must.

First hearing this album in digital form on Rhapsody, I was instantly in love with the clean and precise instrumentation. The long hard tones on the sax and trumpet solos are on point. The rhythm section are one entity, riffing off of each other seamlessly. The chorus is strong and emotional. Most of all, THE BASS GUITAR TONE IS TOPS!!! Champagne tracks.

All of the above times one hundred billion when this album is on vinyl. I listen to the album mostly in my car and in my earbuds from the WAVs on my phone. Listening to the vinyl, sound stage is larger, hihats are super sweet, the chorus is sitting right in front of you. Kuti's vocals are superbly performed, but now you can really hear the effects on his voice. Feel free to focus to the shaker, rhythm guitars, bass, hand drums through the entire song, it never gets uninteresting.

Most of all is the message; this album is unapologetically political. As his brother, Femi, says, "Don't forget what Fela taught you." Full of angst and condemnation of the Bastards at the top, no one with money or power or hate is safe, and the cowards are even worse off. "We must rise against companies like Monsanto and Halliburton; wey dey use their food to make my people hungry", and that's just the tip of the iceberg. There are great positive messages as well, "When we see da seed, CH: Got to make it grow." All around, the lyrical content is as relevant as it is direct and true.

This just may be my copy of this album, but it seems that my disc 1 is a very slightly overdriven. The disc may have a louder overall output level?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jared on April 21, 2012
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This album is absolutely great fun and sounds like a modern version of Fela Kuti. Seun definitely has his own sound, but does a great job channeling his father's stream of consciousness into the music.

The album has a few standouts, including Rise and Slave Masters in my opinion. Both these jams would have been 14 minute ordeals if done by Fela, but Seun has a way of keeping the jamming vibe alive but within a more doable 8 minute time marker.

Can't wait to make a live concert!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By El GUAPO on August 14, 2011
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I picked this up without knowing anything about afrobeat,i was drawn in by the power of the horn section and the drums/percussion,amazing! Since i have went back and got his first,and a ton of fela's work,but this album still stands high up on the pile.We got to see Seun play this live at his first US stop of the tour in san diego,and they did not disappoint,these songs were just incredible live,and again the horns were just good,something we miss here in modern American music.
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