Seun Kuti included in NPR Music’s “50 Favorite Albums of 2014”

A Long Way To The Beginning

Fela Kuti‘s exhilarating fusion of funk, jazz and African polyrhythms shines on brilliantly in his son Seun Kuti. Fronting the band his famous father led when he died in 1997, Seun Kuti says A Long Way to the Beginning is “the soundtrack for the mindset of most young people in Africa today.” Kuti’s music, like his father’s, targets social issues, jabbing at politicians, bankers and greed mongers with pointed lyrics (“The President take the money and hide it!”), blasts of alto sax, and the well-oiled machine that is the band Egypt 80. A cast of guest artists like jazz keyboardist and co-producer Robert Glasper and rapper M-1 help make the album’s grooves shake and burn. —Tom Huizenga (NPR)

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