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Fatoumata Diawara Set To Perform With Seun Kuti At Pre-Grammy Show

Malian singer-songwriter, guitarist and actress Fatoumata Diawara is celebrating the Best World Music Album Grammy nomination for her debut album Fenfo (Something To Say). The artist used her first offering to address social issues including arranged marriages, female genital mutilation and domestic violence. Her single, “Nterini” streamed over one million times in 2018 and ended up on Barack Obama’s favorite songs of the year list. She will perform at the Pre-Grammy showcase hosted by Shaggy at the Mircosoft Theater in Los Angeles before the main telecast and will stream live at 3:30 AM ET at Grammy.com

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Watch: Seun Kuti Meet Carlos Santana

Seun Kuti’s Black Times album is coming out March 2nd. Carlos Santana appears on the album and in this video they meet and talk about people claiming the inner divine. Santana plays guitar on the lead track “Black Times” and Kuti says,

“The track talks about that first moment of clarity for a Motherland person, that moment of understanding about who you are and your position in the system running the world today.”

Santana shared the stage with Kuti’s father Fela in 1986 on the Amnesty International Conspiracy Of Hope tour. The musicians developed a mutual respect for each other and Santana has been connected to Kuti’s family ever since that time.

Black Times is Seun Kuti’s fourth album and the music is socially-conscious with the intent to spark conversation.

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Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 Perform Black Times & Bad Man Lighter On KEXP

Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 perform “Black Times” and “Bad Man Lighter” during a live set for KEXP. The youngest son of Fela Kuti is releasing his Black Times album in March.

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Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 Releasing New Album Share Black Times Single Feat. Carlos Santana

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 are releasing their fourth album Black Times in March. The first single is the title track “Black Times” and Carlos Santana makes a guest appearance. Kuti is the youngest son of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti and he inherited the Egypt 80 orchestra created by his father when he was 14. Black Times is politically-informed music in the same fiery spirit as that of his father. The album talks about worldwide corruption, legalizing marijuana and revolution. Kuti described the project in his own words:

“Black Times is a true reflection of my political and social beliefs. It is an album for anybody who believes in change and understands the duty we have to rise up and come together. The elites always try to divide the working class and the poor people of the world. The same oppression felt by workers in Flint, Michigan is felt by workers in Lagos and Johannesburg.”

Robert Glasper is one of the guest artists on Black Times and he appears on the freedom-fighter tribute “Last Revolutionary.” Black Times has a release date of March 2nd.

Black Times Tracklisting 

 

1 – Last Revolutionary

2 – Black Times ft Carlos Santana

3 – Corporate Public Control Department (CPCD)

4 – Kuku Kee Me

5 – Bad Man Lighter

6 – African Dreams

7 – Struggle Sounds

8 – Theory of Goat And Yam

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Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 Announce U.S. Tour

Fresh off the mighty From Africa With Fury: Rise, Seun Anikulapo Kuti heads up Egypt 80, the extraordinary Afrobeat Orchestra first fronted by his renowned father. The album was not only praised for continuing the musical legacy of his father, Fela Kuti, but also because Seun found his own idiosyncratic voice as songwriter, singer, and band leader, its songs and sonic approach marked by provocative edge and mature self-assurance. Production was provided by the legendary Brian Eno, John Reynolds, Godwin Logie, and Kuti himself. The four worked in unison to masterfully capture Seun and 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 musical director/keyboardist Lekan Animashaun – worldwide acclaim as one of today’s most incendiary live acts. With Kuti’s booming vocal stylings at the forefront, songs like “African Soldiers” and “Mr. Big Thief” are fueled by call-and-response hooks, breakneck tempos, and combative, topical lyricism which firmly sets the classic Egypt 80 sound in the modern era.

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