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The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (July 23-29)

Tuesday, 7/26 – Femi Kuti and the Positive Force – Brighton Music Hall

Fela Kuti‘s eldest son, Femi Kuti, has maintained the pioneering work of his father’s Afrobeat into the twenty-first century. But part of that adaptation has been a rejection of part of his father’s worldview, and an aesthetic focus that makes Femi’s music a bit more radio-friendly than his dad. Whereas his father’s conflicting politics subjugated women while making a call for an independent post-colonial Africa, Femi embraces a universalism that appeals to the broadest possible audience. He’s also spent nearly thirty years fronting his backing band, The Positive Force, and with a new album on the way at the end of the year, Femi comes through town in the top musical shape of his life. Worldbeat fusioneers The Brighton Beat will support alongside acts Adam Gibbons, and DJ Carbo.