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Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria)

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria)
HELSINKI  •  Savoy Theatre  •  Ongoing
World music superstar Seun Kuti arrives in Finland with his band Egypt 80.

The late Fela Anikulapo Kuti is Nigeriaís most world-renowned popular musician and most acerbic critic of the authorities until his death in 1997. Seun Kuti has been performing on stage since he was nine years old, after starting his career as opening act for his fatherís band Egypt 80 at the Shrine in Lagos. He has kept the band Ė containing many veterans in their 50s and 60s Ė performing in the same style as in Felaís day, with as many as twenty singers and musicians in explosive live sessions, wearing original costumes and fronted by Seun Kutiís vocals and saxophone.

Seunís band is not, however, a clone of his fatherís, although we see on stage the same madness and fervent movement and although it still numbers two-thirds of its original members. He mixes jazz and funk with the unique groove of African percussion on subjects such as social inequality, racial discrimination, political injustice and pollution.

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