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listen  1. Truth Don DieFemi Kuti 6:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Beng Beng BengFemi Kuti 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. What Will Tomorrow BringFemi Kuti 5:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Victim Of LifeFemi Kuti 6:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Blackman Know YourselfFemi Kuti 5:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Look AroundFemi Kuti 6:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Sorry SorryFemi Kuti 6:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. EregeleFemi Kuti 7:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Scatta HeadFemi Kuti 8:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Beng Beng Beng (Chateau Flight Remix)Femi Kuti 5:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Truth Don Die (Kerri Chandler Remix)Femi Kuti 7:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Blackman Know Yourself (Roots Remix)Fela Kuti 6:06$0.99  Buy MP3 

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FEMI KUTI
DAY BY DAY

4 years after the DVD Live at the Shrine, Femi Kuti returns with a generous, powerful and timeless new album, continuing to explore and push back the frontiers of Afrobeat.

13 titles that grab your belly, your feet, your heart and your head. From the ghettos of Lagos to the palaces of corrupt politicians, Day by Day takes us through the winding roads of ... Read more in Amazon's Femi Kuti Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fontana Mca
  • ASIN: B000044U4I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,423 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Debut Album from the Son of Afrobeat King Fela Kuti.

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You might say Femi Kuti is carrying on the family business begun by his late father, the great Fela, with whom Femi played for a while. But instead of the extended Afro-beat workouts that were Fela's musical trademark, Femi has a sound that's more based on '70s American funk--think Tower of Power with some heavy percussion and you're not too far from the mark. While not as outspoken as his dad, Femi can be political, as on "Blackman Know Yourself" or "Victim of Life." At the same time, he's not above celebrating the joys of the flesh on "Beng Beng Beng." His band is hot and incredibly tight, and Femi himself is an excellent instrumentalist. Call it the new generation of Afro-beat, a dynasty continued. Call it an absolute joy. --Chris Nickson

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
As a longtime fan of Fela Kuti (my nominee for Greatest African Musical Artist of All Time), I knew I'd have to eventually purchase the debut album by his son, Femi, but I'd never been willing to pay import prices. It would have been worth it, but by waiting for the US release you get the benefit of three extra remixed tracks along with with what is undoubtedly a great album. Femi takes his father's afrobeat sound (it's still there, and forcefully) and updates it with more percussion, more aggressive keyboard programming, and a more manageable song length (7 instead of 17 minutes). It sounds like Son of Fela in every conceivable good way, highly recommended to any fan of African music or even any fan of good dance music. Great party music.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 2000
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Femi Kuti debut album is a shocking blast from the past since vocally he sounds so similar to his father the late Fela Kuti. However don't let this fool you into thinking that " Shoki Shoki" is nothing but a rehash of a familiar sound. Because it is way ,way removed from that. Femi Kuti has experimented and blended western musical styles especially jazz funk, and Salsa with Juju beats to create a Nigerian fusion album which will appeal to jazz and World Music lovers alike. The album is fast pasted and furiously upbeat racing from one song to the next. Femi Kuti sings in English as well as Yoruba about Nigeria's political crisis as well as sex and having a good time. Which led to his song "beng beng, beng" being banned in Nigeria. This album is a dance album rather than listening music and therefore should be considered in the same vain as Carlos Santanas music which it resembles greatly towards the more mellow finale.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Abolaji Ogunshola on March 29, 2000
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Femi's sound is undeniable African and has a flavor similar to his father's music in that it has political messages and some similar instruments used in creating a lot of the music. However, his music is younger and definitely of this generation - more danceable, and in many ways more electronic/synthesized. The tracks are shorter and are structured towards today's music fan unlike his father who had 30 minute insturmental+vocal tracks. Most importantly, the sound establishes Femi as an artist in his own right! Comparing him to his father now, while inevitable, is simply a waste of time. His father stood for things that Femi may not stand for. If Femi stands for anything, let us discover this in his music, but not by trying to find the Fela in him.
Track 1, Truth Don Die, talks about the death of truth and Femi's belief that the world is upside down becos lies rule the world. Sounds simplsitic, but deserves some thought. Track 2, the highly danceable, funny and sexually motivated "Beng, Beng, Beng" is one of the album's highlights and is followed by a song "What will Tomorrow Bring?" that makes one briefly think of Fela's energy when listening to the introductory instumentation quality. "Blackman Know Yourself" reminds one of the black consciousness message songs that tried to instil people with black pride, but have dissappeared from today's music scene. My personal favorites are "Scata Your Head" and "Sorry Sorry", which will make Nigerians feel like they are in Lagos.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 2000
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Femi Kuti's Shoki Shoki is a great album from start to finish, with 3 new remixes added for the U.S. release - including an amazing remix of "Blackman Know Yourself" by hip-hop's finest, the Roots.
Femi's style takes Afro-beat into new directions - his songs are of average length (Fela's often topped 30 minutes), and he has blended his own contemporary influences with his father's pioneering style, resulting in a sound that is at once timeless and right now. Media praise for Femi and Shoki Shoki includes Spin, Rolling Stone, GQ, People, Interview, Stuff, Mixer, Mean, The Source, Vibe, Paper, Raygun, Billboard, Straight No Chaser, CMJ, and CNN. Femi is an original, as his father before him.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Madden on June 22, 2000
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I had never seen or heard of Femi Kuti until recently when he performed at the World Music Awards. His amazing performance of "Beng Beng Beng" was the highlight of the event! I was drawn to the amazing rhythmic afro beats in the instrumental aspects of his music and the sensuality in his voice. I bought this CD because of it and am truly impressed with it. "Shoki Shoki has several great tracks besides the above mentioned including, "Truth Don Die" and "Eregele". Femi's music is filled with so much energy that it's hard to stay still when listening to it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bruce A. Ishikawa on November 22, 2002
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Young Femi Kuti played sax is his legendary father's legendary band. You can see him take a little solo in the "Fela in Concert" video, filmed in Paris in 1981. He, better than any other, is well grounded in the Afrobeat tradition. But beginning with Shoki Shoki, he brings this great music into today's musical scene, keeping the rhythms that make this music and adding a completely contemporary sound. This CD is very hot, full of great dance numbers and politically aware lyrics that come across as much more heartfelt and bitter than his dad's. Fela suffered more than Femi, was burnt out of his house and imprisoned by the government, but he always maintained a sarcastic sense of humor. Femi is more urgent, and so is more thought provoking. This fire drives the music, infuses it with feeling and meaning and makes your heart beat stronger.
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