“When Seun Kuti had his shirt off, dancing through the end of a sweaty, magnificently funky set at the Highline Ballroom on Tuesday night, the tattoo across his muscular shoulders was visible: “Fela Lives.”
Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Seun’s father, was the creator of the hardheaded, protest-minded Nigerian funk called Afrobeat, which has now spread worldwide. When Fela died in 1997, the 14-year-old Seun took over as the singer, alto saxophonist and leader of Fela’s band, Egypt 80. Since then, Seun Kuti has emerged as far more than a caretaker for his father’s style.
Throughout the set, the music changed constantly as the propulsion surged; the power of the rhythms redoubled the urgency of the messages, while the two backup singers rarely stopped shimmying. Mr. Kuti’s Afrobeat makes its politics physical, its anger into momentum.” –Read the full review at New York Times