Seun Kuti brings the mighty afro-funk juggernaut Egypt 80, once led by his father Fela, are to play London's Ronnie Scott’s June 12th & 13th.
First fronted by legendary Nigerian afro-beat pioneer Fela Kuti, the mighty Egypt 80 led by Fela’s son Seun are to play at London’s Ronnie Scott’s on Friday June 12th and Saturday 13th.
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.
This afro-beat juggernaut will deliver the characteristic combative, topical lyricism with Kuti still dealing with the same issues his father took on including corporate greed and corruption, still rife in Nigeria. Where Fela’s work often featured an explicit call to revolution, Seun’s goal is subtler. He sees his role as that of an educator, speaking truth to power in order to provoke awareness and debate throughout his beloved homeland.