Oct 25, 2010

New album coming soon: Femi Kuti - Africa for Africa




After more twists and turns in his recent record label adventures than the sale of Liverpool FC, it’s great to get a new album from Femi Kuti!


Like his father before him there is no evidence of a mellowing with age, in fact quite the reverse. This is an album dominated by the bitterness of one who feels he has been had. Had by the government, by the governors and the whole political class. Had by an international system that displays proudly its benevolence towards his continent while stripping its resources bare, shitting on its environment from a height and condemning millions to a carousel of subsistence and death.

As he wonders aloud on ‘Bad Government’ how is it that Africa produces such great footballers, doctors and other individuals while its countries are in a mess? Most of the tracks on this album have the intensity and punch that makes his live shows so unforgettable but perhaps a little more variety in pace would make the album a better listen. On the other hand in this digital age, how much does that matter?

And if a few of the tracks sound familiar that could because — like the opening track ‘Dem Bobo’ — they have appeared on other albums (in this case Africa Shrine).

Hopefully, this album will get into the hands of some of the many who’ll be checking out the Musical Fela during its run at the National Theatre in November, while Femi himself is doing a short tour of the UK at the end of November / the start of December 2010.

Source

Tour

29. Oct 2010 La Pesse, FRANCE
30. Oct 2010 Aubervilliers, FRANCE
05. Nov 2010 Laval, FRANCE
06. Nov 2010 Massy, FRANCE
10. Nov 2010 Foix, FRANCE
12. Nov 2010 Cléon, FRANCE
13. Nov 2010 Villier Le Bel, FRANCE
19. Nov 2010 Perth, Perth, AUSTRALIA
20. Nov 2010 Sidney, AUSTRALIA
21. Nov 2010 Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
23. Nov 2010 Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
28. Nov 2010 London, UNITED KINGDOM
29. Nov 2010 Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM
30. Nov 2010 Leeds, UNITED KINGDOM
01. Dec 2010 Edinburgh, UNITED KINGDOM
02. Dec 2010 Glasgow, UNITED KINGDOM
04. Dec 2010 Turin, ITALY
05. Dec 2010 Bern, SWITZERLAND
07. Dec 2010 Berlin, GERMANY
08. Dec 2010 Hamburg, GERMANY
09. Dec 2010 Cologne, GERMANY
11. Dec 2010 Paris, FRANCE
12. Dec 2010 Cleon, FRANCE




Tracklist

1. DEM BOBO
2. NOBODY BEG
3. POLITICS IN AFRICA
4. BAD GOVERNMENT
5. CAN'T BUY ME
6. AFRICA FOR AFRICA
7. MAKE WE REMEMBER
8. OBASANJO DON PLAY YOU WAYO
9. BOYS DEY HUNGRY FOR TOWN
10. NOW YOU SEE
11. NO BLAME THEM
12. YEPARIPA

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