Monday, July 12, 2010

Afro Pop Supreme

How great can you be if your father will always be greater? That is the question faced by Femi Kuti, oldest son of Afrobeat legend — and focus of a Broadway hit —  Fela Kuti and musical force in his own right.

As a recent NY Times piece had it, "As Fela’s oldest son, Mr. Kuti, 48, is in an unusual, demanding and potentially contradictory position." His father was a self-celebratory political and cultural force, but the son must celebrate his father, his father's music and be honest and true to the sound that make Femi Kuti a force on the stage.

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