Femi Kuti & The Positive Force
8 p.m., $25. The Ready Room, 4195 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, 314-833-3929.
By Roy Kasten
Afrobeat has always been liberation music – of the body, of the mind, of the post-colonial state. Femi Kuti, the eldest son of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, is among the movement's greatest living practitioners and saxophonists. His sound is pure propulsion, a kind of frenetic forward-driving engine of rhythms, horns, and massive organ lines that hits like a mass popular movement taking to the streets. His primary target, corruption, only sounds narrow to Anglophone ears. When he cuts loose a new track like "Politics Na Big Business" or "No Place For My Dream" his calls to action are as universal as his glorious polyrhythmic fusions. Kuti will make you believe that the struggles and celebrations of the African continent are truly yours as well.