Seun is Fela's youngest son, and his sound hews closer to classic Afrobeat than does Femi's. This is partly a matter of bands. While Seun now leads Egypt 80, his father's old outfit, Femi--who was a member of Egypt 80--broke off on his own while Fela was still alive to create his own band Positive Force. Perhaps there was an element of elder son rebellion, but Femi has always taken a more experimental approach to the music, bringing in ideas and textures of his own. That trend continues on his new CD. We'll have more to say about both son's new music soon.
|Seun Kuti video shoot in Brooklyn|
Seun also invited me to drop by a film studio in Brooklyn, where he was shooting a video for the song "Rise," with dancers and cast members from the Broadway show Fela!, produced by The Wilderness and choreographed by Maija Garcia, who worked closely with Bill T. Jones on the choreography for the Fela! production. The atmosphere was joyful, even carnivalesque with rolling, painted murals, dancers in full regalia, a standin band, and Ms. Garcia a fireball of energy at the center.
Seun has been helping out in making arrangements for Fela! in Lagos. That's right. The Broadway show will play under the noses of the government officials it lambastes. The action goes on at the New Expo Center in the Eko Hotel in Lagos, April 20-25. Book your tickets now. If that's too dear, watch for Femi and Seun on tour in the months to come.