Femi Kuti & the Positive Force

July 15
7:30 p.m.
Femi Kuti is the eldest son of Fela Kuti, Nigerian inventor of Afrobeat and outspoken political activist whose irrepressible spirit made him a worldwide superstar and pariah of corrupt politicians. Femi initially played in his father's band and was groomed to be his successor, but he decided to form his own band. He was well on his way to establishing his own sound when Fela died in 1997. Fela's legacy has since grown into a global phenomenon, while Femi continues to define his own vision. Using his dad's fierce Afrobeat fusion of jazz, funk, and African tradition as his foundation, Femi has incorporated Latin, Caribbean, soul, hip-hop, and sleek melodicism while playing saxophones, trumpet, organ, and adding soulful, high-tenor vocals. Femi also retained his father's political passion, advocating a progressive agenda in songs like "Nothing to Show For It," "No Work No Job No Money," and "Politics Na Big Business" on his latest album, 2013's No Place For My Dream. ZULUZULUU opens.