New York ( NY), USA – Ten years after the death of Fela Kuti, the inventor and pioneer of Afrobeat, his legacy is as strong as ever. On July 1st, to commemorate the life and music of one of Africa’s most renowned and beloved band leaders, S.O.B.’s welcomes to its stage Seun Kuti & The Egypt 80, son of the legendary Fela and his original band, for their first NYC appearance as part of their U.S. debut tour. S.O.B.’s has long since been the definitive home of Afrobeat in New York, hosting legendary performances from Fela himself to Antibalas and just about every important Afrobeat ensemble along the way.If you never got a chance to see Fela Kuti live, July 1st will be the next best thing. Widely considered to be the true heir to his father’s legacy, Seun Kuti delivers a rough, gritty version of Afrobeat for today’s generation. Seun is Fela’s “other” son and for years he has been leading Fela’s former band, The Egypt 80, who, by now, are legends in their own right. Like Fela, on stage Seun lives up to a reputation as a sex symbol, shimmying, winding his hips and often discarding his shirt, to the delight of female fans. Seun and The Egypt 80 have blown away audiences at major festivals across Europe and their first time in the U.S. promises to be an unforgettable experience.
Literally born to do this, when Seun is on stage with the 18 members of The Egypt 80, it is clear that he is not only carrying on Fela’s legacy, but also building on it. "I want to make Afrobeat for my generation. Instead of ‘get up and fight,’ it’s going to be ‘get up and think," Seun says about the contemporary spin he adds to the movement his father started 40 years ago. Fans will have plenty to think about on July 1st as they witness music history take place on stage at S.O.B.’s.
Author: World Music Central News Department
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