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07/27/2016
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PHOTO ESSAY: FEMI KUTI AND BOMBINO AT BRIC CELEBRATE BROOKLYN!

Femi Kuti is the eldest son of the late, great Afrobeat king Fela Kuti, and such was clear at this concert. Femi strode out onto stage into the walloping sound of his massive band (in great contrast to Bombino’s quartet), confident and powerful, taking the mic and his role of bandleader easily. He has his father’s ferocity and political fervor, singing condemnations of corrupt politicians, war, and big business. He moves like his father, dancing with uncontainable energy, directing his band, the Positive Force, with sharp, subtle movements that show how intensively and extensively the group must play together (several nights every week at the Shrine in Lagos). When Femi sings, shouts, and rocks his saxophone and keyboards with the extraordinary sounds of the Positive Force, it’s more than a concert: it’s a dramatic, passionate invocation of a better world through the medium of righteous funky fun. Seun Kuti, Femi’s brother from another mother (but the same father), who is also a magnificent Afrobeat musician and heir to their father’s band, Egypt 80, happened to also be in town for a performance the night before. This night Seun, his chest painted by rising Nigerian star Laolu Senbanjo, joined his brother on stage for a cover of Fela’s “Water No Get Enemy” and a closing tune with some rather explicit sex advice.