The heir to a powerful musical legacy, Seun Kuti lights up the stage in a rousing celebration of Afrobeat music! Kuti's father Fela was the legendary Nigerian musician, composer, and political maverick, and the musical form he helped create is now more popular than ever, in part due to the success of the smash 2010 Broadway hit FELA!. A musical powerhouse in his own right, Kuti continues to spread this ferocious groove, and he comes to Cal Performances fronting Fela's legendary band, Egypt 80. "The real deal...a natural, with all the sexy charisma you might have hoped for...[the group] sounded terrific, at times better than they had with Fela towards the end, taking the soul of Afrobeat somewhere new" (The Guardian, London).
Thu, April 19, 5-6 pm
Zellerbach Hall Lobby Mezzanine
Learn more about the music and legacy of Seun Kuti and Fela's Egypt 80 in a discussion with Chuy Varela, Music Director of KCSM radio, with special guests Baba Ken Okulolo, a Nigerian bassist and bandleader of Kotoja who has performed with King Sunny Ade and Fela, and Dr. Ricky Vincent radio Host of the KPFA radio show, History of Funk and author of the book "Funk."
Lobby Talks are held in the Zellerbach Hall Lobby mezzanine, where appetizing food and beverage from the café are the ideal complement to these convivial gatherings. While the talks are free and open to the public, tickets must be purchased for the associated performances.
Program notes are available online. [PDF]