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Seun Kuti & Fela's Egypt 80 [PA]
Seun Anikulapo Kuti
1. Many Things
2. Na Oil
3. Don't Give That Shit To Me
4. Fire Dance
5. Think Afrika
6. Mosquito Song
7. African Problems
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SUSHICD056
Martin Meissonnier; Martin Meissonnier
Matthias Weber; Katrin Lesevre; Deggi
Adapter: Mr. Bongo.
Personnel: Seun Anikulapo Kuti (vocals, alto saxophone, organ); Alade Oluwagbemiga, David Obanyedo (guitar); Lekan "Baba Ani" Animasahun (alto saxophone); Oyinade Adeniran (tenor saxophone); Adedimeji Fagbemi (baritone saxophone); Olugbade Okunade, Emmanuel Kunnuji (trumpet); Kunle Justice (keyboards); Kayode Kuti (bass guitar); Adebiyi Ajayi (drums); Wale Toriola, Dele Olayinka, Chief Udoh Essiet (percussion); Bolande Kamson, Iyabo Adeniran, Moturayo Anikulapo Kuti (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Matthias Weber; Martin Meissonnier.
Recording information: Eko Studio Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria (10/2006).
Photographers: Celine Meissonnier; Youri Lenquette; Martin Meissonnier.
It's no surprise that Seun Kuti's debut album takes a page from Fela Kuti, seeing that Seun is Fela's son, and that Egypt 80 was also Fela's last band. While those facts may raise objections of coattail riding, there's very little to criticize here, as the second Egypt 80's ferocious groove kicks in on "Many Things," the album's lead-off track.
Seun sings with a passion that is inherited directly from his father, addressing politics, hypocrisy, and injustice with fearless conviction. Yet while Fela's radical spirit lives in Seun, it is the relentless polyrhythms, infectious horn lines, and slinking guitar and bass of songs like "Da Oil" and "Mosquito Song" that make this debut surge with life.
Spin (p.102) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he youngest son of Afro-beat superstar Fela Anikulapo Kuti strikes a commanding pose on his swaggering debut....Many of the interludes are simply thrilling..."
The Wire (p.78) - "Seun's vocals have just the right blend of muscle and fire: strong enough to carry the message while searing a path through the clenched interplay of guitar, horns, percussion and supporting vocals."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.102) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n astounding slab of Nigerian funk, from the moment the two rhythm guitars commence jousting at the start of 'Think Africa,' through the samples of Fela's old nemesis Olusegun Obasanjo..."
Blender (Magazine) (p.86) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hese seven-minute grooves are so focused you can tell they have something to prove."
Paste (magazine) (p.71) - "Providing a rekindled voice for the often voiceless, Seun's courage is gripping and a fitting tribute to his father."
Clash (magazine) (p.127) - "[H]ere Seun makes his own mark, leading the super tight band through seven tracks of super heavy yet deftly nimble afro beat rhythms."
URB (Magazine) (p.86) - "The result is an album that stands up with the best of any Kuti albums in its vibrancy, urgency and melody."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.90) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "The seven tracks are spellbinding as they rumble along, hypnotic in call and response."
Record Collector (magazine) - "[The album] features socially conscious lyrics, shedding light on the hardships of Nigerian villages, partnered with traditionally ethereal drumming and celebratory horns..."
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