Femi Kuti and the Positive Force, which plays the Rex Theater, South Side, tonight, is led by the oldest son of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, who got his start in his father’s band Egypt 80 and broke off in 1986 to form his own group.
Positive Force debuted in 1995 with a self-titled album, and he has since collaborated with Common and Mos Def and toured with Jane’s Addiction and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He is touring behind 2013’s “No Place for My Dream” and working on a new album, some of which he is playing live.
Asked recently by the Boston Globe about his role in the music community, he said, “I hate the word activist. It sounds like a negative word, like something you’re called just because you don’t agree with conventional issues. I’ve been called a rebel, an activist, God knows what else. I’m just a musician, one who’s very frightened about the future, especially for my children.”
The show is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $23-$25; ticketfly.com.