SEUN KUTI + FELA'S EGYPT 80
FELA'S EGYPT 80
"You gave me your mud and I made gold from it"
This famous Baudelaire quote could be the Kuti family motto, employed
by father and son alike. Their songs, of corruption, ignorance, malady,
sadness, pollution and the many others ill that ravage contemporary
Africa, are veritable musical treasures, while flamboyant and
incendiary - songs that make you want to get up and dance.
Manu Dibango, Seun Kuti's friend has said that "the most beautiful
flowers grow out of manure". Seun's songs, like those of his father
Fela Kuti, are these "flowers" blossoming out of the shit, out of the
foul smelling lagoons of Lagos, the most unbearable, yet most alive and
most human of cities, the place that both Seun Kuti and his father
would never dream of leaving.
The illustrious Ransome Kuti family come from the Yoruba people, the
largest ethno-linguistic group in Nigeria. It is said they descend from
Oduduwa, the demigod who founded the Ife kingdom in the 12th century.
When Oduduwa died, he ignored the custom of leaving his throne to the
first born son and instead left it to the cleverest and most capable
last born. Since then the Yoruba people have always maintained a
particular esteem for the youngest family member and it's no different
for Seun Kuti, born in 1982.
Seun (pronounced "Shehoun") is an abbreviation from his Yoruban name
Oluseun: "God has done great things". It's also, ironically, the first
name of President Obasanjo, the Kuti family's sworn enemy and
originally comes from the Abeokuta village, like the Nobel literature
prize winning Wole Soyinka, Seun's uncle and friend. Long before
Obasanjo became president in 1977 following a military coup, he'd
already organised a murderous assault by over a 1000 armed men on the
residence of Fela, who had called his home the independent "Republic of
Kalakuta," - which is still where Seun Kuti and the musicians in the
Egypt 80 orchestra live. Seun's grandmother, Funmilayo, Nigeria's most
important human rights and feminist activist, was thrown out of a
window to her death by Obasanjo's troops.
Seun Kuti is the legendary Fela Anikulapo Kuti 's last son. Fela
Anikulapo Kuti, was Nigeria's most beloved popular musician and most
acerbic social critic until his death in 1997. Fela remains a titan of
African music and is widely considered to be amongst the most
influential artists of the 20th century.
Seun started learning to play saxophone and the piano when he was
eight, first appearing on stage at nine years old as opening act with
his father's band, Egypt 80. Now, Seun has chosen to continue the
legacy of his father. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 is a power house.
There's no doubt that Seun is the heir of Fela Kuti's hardline
militancy. Moreover he has adopted his father's second Yoruba name,
Anikulapo ("I've got death in my quiver"). In other words his songs are
arrows that never miss their targets; the corrupt, bribers, the
oppressors. For Seun, taking up where his father left off is about
building on Fela's legacy, not trying to escape it: "He was a very
great man. But of course every artist wants to define himself ". With
the same energetic and booming voice as Fela, Seun has also developed
his own raging rhythm, while citing Chuck D, Dr Dre and Eminem among
his other musical heroes.
Seun Kuti is indeed a great live performer with his daddy's charisma
and energy radiating from every pore. Several triumphant shows and
tours attest to this - one show in particular in Chicago in 2007 stands
out - for what transpired behind the scenes as well as on stage ! Not
only was the assistance of Barack Obama 's office's instrumental in the
visa process - the US consulate in Lagos was disrupted by debilitating
power failures - but the show before what 8000 rapt concert-goers was
transcendent, epochal even.
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|NJPAC's CHASE SOUNDS OF THE CITY|
NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ART CENTER'S
CHASE SOUNDS OF THE CITY
From jazz, blues, gospel, and reggae to beats from Africa, soul/R&B, funk, and hip-hop to electronica, Salsa, and Pop/Rock, NJPAC's CHASE SOUNDS OF THE CITY brings a genre-bending party to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's Theater Square this summer with 29 bands over nine Thursday evenings and one Friday evening. Chase Sounds of the City, the acclaimed FREE outdoor music series, kicks off on Thursday, July 3 and runs every Thursday evening through August 28 and Friday, August 29 * from 5:00 * 9:45 p.m. Different groups will entertain the after work crowd, local residents, families and other concertgoers from around the region, all of whom made NJPAC "the place to be on Thursdays" when Sounds of the City was introduced ten summers ago.
The Chase Sounds of the City grand finale on Friday, August 29 will feature the dynamic eight-piece all-female salsa band, Mayra Casalas & CoCoMaMa. Casales has been touring with jazz violinist Regina Carter for the past eight years. Salsa-singer Luisito Rosario will close the festival with his eleven-member band.
The August lineup is below:
DJ Frank D, Morristown, NJ
The Gretchen Parlato Band, Jazz, New York, NY
Winard Harper, Jazz, Newark, NJ
Taj Weekes & Adowa, Reggae, New York, NY
DJ Joey Mazza, Paterson, NJ
Richard Bennett Group, Jazz, Brooklyn, NY
Walter Christopher, R&B/Soul, New York, NY
Maya Azucena, R&B/Soul, Brooklyn, NY
DJ Delmar Browne, Brooklyn, NY
Stephen McClean, Jazz, East Orange, NJ
Eve Cornelius, Jazz, Bronx, NY
Brian Jackson, Jazz, New York, NY
DJ Tee Mallory, Newark, NJ
Rainbow Fresh, Indie Pop, Rock, Union City, NJ
Lizz Fields, Jazzy Soul, Brooklyn, NY
Tortured Soul, Live House Music, Brooklyn, NY
DJ Danny Ramirez, New York, NY
Mayra Casalas & CoCoMaMa, Salsa, New York, NY
Luisito Rosario y Su Orq, Salsa, Hoboken, NJContact:www.njpac.orgThe Chase Sounds of the City hotline: 888-GO-NJPACPress contact only:Josh Balber, email@example.com
LE FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE LA MUSIQUE HAÏTIENNE DE
"A broad range of Haitian Music"
Le Festival International de la Musique Haitienne de Montreal
@ Jean Drapeau Parc
July 12 and 13, 2008
The 3rd annual Festival International de la Musique Haitienne
de Montreal was, by far, the most versatile among the Haitian festivals
this year. The line-up was well balanced with big acts, new bands and
different style of Haitian music. We also found a mixed audience of
different ethnic backgrounds. Jean Drapeau Park
was filled with excitement, and it seemed everyone was enjoying the
festival. The love and the support of the public
were remarkable. We must applaud the host, "Rony Dee". He is a true
entertainer--knowledgeable, and no band was overlooked during his
presentation. Festival international de la musique Haitienne de Montreal may well become one of the largest International festivals in North America.
Cavé, Belo, Bamboche, Black Parent's,Carimi, Djakout, Do-la, Five-O-Look, Gage, Harold Faustin, Kreyol la, Krezi Mizik, Luck Mervil, Nikel, Steeve K, Sweet Micky, T-Vice, Tabou Combo, Tonton Bicha, Toto Laraque, Ziking Kow.
WMP July Photo Gallery
Amazura, Queens, NY
Saturday July 26, 2008
Mikerline Afro Haitian Dance Company
Haitian Master Drummers
Fashion for a Cause
Benefit for the Gaskov Clerge Foundation
@ Crash Mansion
July 27, 2008
Host: Emeline Michelle
Catou Couture, Duroseau Couture, Raif, Latent Apparel Enterprises, and JSDI.
|The Annual West-Indian Parade Kiddie's Carnival
The Annual West-Indian Parade Kiddie's Carnival. This parade will take place on Saturday August 30, 2008, which will launch the larger West-Indian Parade that has nearly 2 million attendees.
Feet of Rhythm Kids (F.O.R Kids), a Brooklyn
based organization is once again participating in the Annual West
Indian Parade Kiddie's Carnival on Saturday August 30, 2008. This children's dance troupe has taken part of this festive event for the past 7 years. In the year 2000 when the dance troupe
first participated in the parade with C.A.G.E production, a mass camp
that reflects Trinidad's culture, F.O.R Kids choreography and dance
helped to land a second place prize and a photo in the Caribbean Life
newspaper. Since then F.O.R kids has represented Haitian culture in
this annual exhibit.
"Proud smiles and words of encouragement came from adults and children who warmed to the troupes of tikes sporting Haitian costumes as they danced to Haitian music", states Haitian Times newspaper.
F.O.R Kids is currently registering children ages 2-17 to join in this year's 2008
Kiddie Parade. F.O.R kids will showcase Haitian pride and culture in
the theme "Anba Dlo/Under the Sea". Costumes are limited so act now!.
Sponsors are also welcome to facilitate F.O.R Kids presentation in this
high profile cultural event .
For more info on registration, costume fees and how to become a sponsor contact 347-787-0478 Nadia Dieudonne (Program Director).
-Phantoms (Haitian Konpa Brooklyn-based band) will provide sound equipment.
World Music Series Events
|ELITE MIZIK- New Album Release "Happy 60 Septen"
The concept of ELITE MIZIK was initiated by two brothers Winel and Pierre Marie Jean Francois. This CD is a collaborative effort. With the assistance of many other Haitian musicians they worked together for the benefit of Kompa, "Many people unite for one cause to show UNITY". Elite Mizik has a strong dedication and affinity for Haiti and its culture. Through their lyrics, they want the positive images of Haiti to shine bright. The Elite Mizik CD also pays tribute to the infamous Haitian Konpa band SEPTEN on their 60 Anniversary.
Log onto www.elitemizik.com for more info.