Seun Kuti to Tour
Thu, 02 Jun 2011 15:07:58
Seun Kuti Videos
Seun Anikulapo Kuti is excited to announce a North American tour in support of his new album, From Africa With Fury: Rise. On the tour, he'll be heading up Egypt 80, the extraordinary combo first fronted by his renowned father. The tour begins in Solana Beach, CA, north of San Diego, on July 13, before moving to Los Angeles, CA at Grand Performances on July 15th, and wraps up on July 30th at Floydfest in Floyd, VA.
Seun Kuti has also released the music video for the track "Rise", off the new album. The Juliet Rios & Gabe Imlay-directed video finds Seun leading his band, surrounded by dancers from the FELA! Broadway musical. Throughout the clip, Seun carries forward his father's protests, imploring Africa to "rise up," while dancers push against walls adorned with drawings of diamonds, soldiers and mosquitoes. Watch it here.
Produced by Brian Eno, John Reynolds, and Kuti, with additional production by Godwin Logie, and mixed by John Reynolds and Tim Oliver, the mighty new From Africa With Fury: Rise captures Seun Kuti & Egypt 80's extraordinary power, fraught with the scorching rhythms and kinetic funk energy that has earned the band - as ever, under the leadership of alto saxophonist Lekan Animashaun - worldwide acclaim as one of today's most incendiary live acts.
Born in 1983, Seun first began performing with Egypt 80 at the age of nine, warming up audiences with renditions of his father's songs. After Fela's death in 1997, Seun stepped up to the front of the band, leading the celebrated combo as both lead vocalist and saxophonist. While his father's influence cannot be understated, Kuti was determined to cut his own distinctive musical path, incorporating contemporary influences into the traditional Afrobeat approach.
Tour dates are as follows:
7/13 Belly Up - Solana Beach, CA
7/15 Grand Performances - Los Angeles, CA
7/16 Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
7/17 Reggae On The River - Garberville, CA
7/20 Artown - Reno, NV
7/22 Celebrate Brooklyn - Brooklyn, NY
7/23 Grassroots Festival - Trumansburg, NY
7/24 Hillside Festival - Guelph, ON
7/29 Manuel Artime Theater - Miami, FL
7/30 Floydfest - Floyd, VA
Did you watch the video for "Rise?"