Being the youngest son of the King of African Funk is certainly not an easy shadow to be cast under, as Seun Kuti’s older brother and fellow bandleader Femi can certainly attest to. However, by simply reassembling the surviving members of papa Fela’s celebrated Egypt 80 ensemble, whom Seun first played with when he was only eight, and cutting an album that picks up where his dad left off on his last studio album, 1992’s Underground System. Meaning, this kid is a regular chip off the old block, creating sharp, multi-colored afro-beat funk that sounds the alarm to many of the grave ills facing the Dark Continent, from the blood-for-oil conflicts in the Sudan on “Na Oil” to the spread of malaria on “Mosquito Song”, showcasing Seun’s unmistakable resemblance to his father, both as a musician and a social commentator. And while this album might not exactly replace Coffin For The Head of State in your album collection, it certainly showcases Seun’s potential to create something just as classic.
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