The Bowery Presents (Venue Partner)
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Femi Kuti & The Positive Force
Saturday Jan 26 (8pm)
“With all the so-so musicians spawned from legendary musical parents, we're certain there's a support group somewhere out there. But Femi Kuti wouldn't have to join; he seems to regard the legacy of his late, great father, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, as a torch to be carried and not a shadow to be escaped. Femi has honed the propulsive Afrobeat sound that his father invented, but he's also pushed to expand its boundaries, collaborating with Mos Def and Common. Most crucial for tonight's event, though, he's mastered the power of participatory live sets.”
Those who have followed his career and have experienced his music know this for a fact: Femi Kuti never felt just satisfied with being the King's heir. He freed himself from his father's legacy in '85 by putting together his own band, The Positive Force, and thereby working to find his own voice. He became, during the '90s, a renowned artist in his own right with a distinctive, colorful and balanced style. His records tell the story: After a short spell at Motown, he took on the Afrobeat sound with his first international album in 1998 («Shoki Shoki»), before rubbing shoulders with the modern urban style of his American peers such as Mos Def and Common on the album «Fight To Win». Returning to Lagos he worked on rebuilding the new Shrine and released an unbelievable live project recorded in the heat of the moment in his own venue («Live at the Shrine», MK2 / 2004). Finally his first studio record only came about in 2008, having found inspiration in Paris. This unanimously celebrated release («Day By Day») was his most successful one.