The legendary Femi Kuti to take London by storm

The legendary Femi Kuti to take London by storm

Femi Kuti at his best

Nigeria’s Femi Kuti, who is one of Africa’s finest artists,  will stage a one-off performance for Guy Garvey’s Meltdown in London.

The eldest son of legendary afrobeat originator Fela Kuti, Femi’s musical career started at 15 when he began playing saxophone in his father’s band, Egypt 80.

In 1986 he formed The Positive Force, and became a renowned artist in his own right with a distinctive, colorful style.

With six albums under his belt, he has worked and collaborated with the likes of Common, Mos Def and Jaguar Wright.

After his return to Lagos in 2008, his albums Day by Day and Africa by Africa explored his roots and received two Grammy nominations.

On his most recent album, No Place for My Dream, he continues his slick musical experiments.

According to Time Out, ‘Femi is an upgraded model of his father, Fela, leaner, enhanced for clubland, sonically stronger’

Q Magazine simply refers to Kuti  as ‘One of the true giants of African music’

Support comes from poet, rapper, singer and songwriter Tiggs Da Author. He is equally influenced by obscure 60s documentaries, east African jazz, grime MC Dizzee Rascal and classic Motown acts.

 Kuti performing at the last Glastonbury festival
        Kuti performing at the last Glastonbury festival

Fresh and full of energy, his most recent single, Run, features Lady Leshurr.

He is also currently working with Show N Prove, Future Cut (Rihanna, Lily Allen) and Mark Ralph (Years & Years).

Courtesy: Southbank Centre London

Ange Ngu Thomas

Author: Ange Ngu Thomas

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