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Friday 4 November
229, Great Portland Street
Tickets: £22.50 https://agmp.ticketabc.com/events/seun-kuti-egypt-80/
The youngest son of legendary Nigerian Afrobeat musician Fela Kuti, leads his father's former band Egypt 80 and effortlessly makes live again the most original incarnation of Afrobeat. Seun began playing saxophone at age 8 and started as a backup singer for his father in Egypt 80 at age 9. He took over the band at age 15 after his father’s death. Since then, Seun has continued his father’s political and social message while adding his own perspective. "I want to make Afrobeat for my generation,” he says. “Instead of 'get up and fight,' it's going to be ‘get up and think.’”
“In Africa today, most people are struggling in silence,” Seun says. “The systematic oppression of the people has made them blinded to their reality. Everybody’s just thinking about survival. Nobody wants to stand up for anything, everybody just wants to tow the line. So I’m trying to make people think about these things that they are forgetting. I want to inspire people to want things to change.”
Formed in 2006 by a group of long time friends - drummers, DJs and musicians - Yaaba Funk play an original and contemporary mix of Ghanaian Hi-Life, Afrobeat and low-down dirty funk. Yaaba Funk bring a Brixton vibe to their performance and are influenced by the greats of West Africa such as Fela Kuti and Alhaji K. Frimpong as well as the US funk of George Clinton and the punky energy of UK acts such as the Specials. Their self-produced debut album ‘Afrobeast’ was released in May 2010 through influential British record label Sterns.
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