lundi 12 janvier 2015

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 - A long way to the beginning (2014)

This one's very different from what is usually featured on Blasting days, but it's not less intense. And A long way to the beginning is one of my favourite albums released in 2014. Seun Kuti is one of the sons of the creator of afro-beat music, Fela Kuti, and Egypt 80 that plays with Seun Kuti was the band of his father. On this one Seun Kuti put a bit aside the more complex song structure and the repetitive elements of afro-beat to focus on the impact and dynamism of the song. And the result is really successfull and the album is very catchy and energising, with some vocals full of righteous anger against the evils of modern society (and lyrics more intelligent than the usual clichés), combined with electrifying funky guitar, brass and rythm parts (afro beat mix african music with jazz and funk). This is a perfect album to discover afro-beat (the new Femi Kuti one, No place for my dream, is also excellent, in a calmer mood, although fuelled as well by revolt).

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