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2011/2012 Performing Arts

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (2012 Season)

Mon, Apr 16, 2012 @ 8:00 PM, Campbell Hall

Santa Barbara Debut

106.9 KCRW Presents

“With his dad’s old band Egypt 80 behind him, [Seun’s] a force to be reckoned with.” BBC

“Fela Kuti’s son Seun shows how Afrobeat should be played: its irrepressible funky surge offset by truly scorching brass fanfares.” The Telegraph, London

Seun Kuti, the youngest son of legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti, leads the renowned Egypt 80, his father’s last band, setting the Afrobeat magic in motion while the delirious, unrelenting groove machine carries us away without missing a moment. With the same incendiary flamboyant spirit, Seun has developed his own raging rhythm, paying homage to a musical revolution while incorporating the influences of such hip-hop legends as Chuck D and Dr. Dre. His new album, From Africa With Fury: Rise, co-produced by Brian Eno, showcases the power of funk, jazz, punk and Afrobeat rhythms. Catch him between his sold-out Coachella appearances!

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