While Kuti the elder’s work has touched multiple decades of performers and encompasses funk, jazz, hip hop, pop and mountains more, his ideas most thoroughly permeated the lives of his son Femi, and Femi’s own son Made; the two musicians are inheritors of and spearheads for their ancestor’s progressive manifesto, both sonically and politically. Father and son have each created an album of superb Afrobeat-soaked bangers – the former’s titled Stop The Hate, and the latter’s titled For(e)ward – which will be packaged together as Legacy + and made available on both vinyl and CD this week.
Says Femi of the project, “I am very excited and happy, because as a father I get to perform with my son on my album again, and I get to see him compose, arrange, and play all instruments on his own album. Most importantly, we get to release this project together. It is spiritually soothing and comforting to witness this chapter in my life.”
Made adds, “I truly believe that once in a while we are fortunate enough to write stories for ourselves that we can look back on much later in our lives. This has been one of the greatest positive highlights of my life so far, both musically and transcendently. I’ve learnt so much from my father politically, socially, philosophically and musically that I know this lovely project is only the beginning of more beautiful things to come.”
Check out the incredible video of Femi performing his track Pà Pá Pà below.
Legacy + by Femi Kuti and Made Kuti is out February 5 via Partisan Records/Liberator.
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