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Femi Kuti & the Positive Force, DJ Warp Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Sat., April 30, 9 p.m. 2011

It doesn't necessarily mean much to say that Femi Kuti has finally put some teeth in his music on his new album, Africa for Africa (Knitting Factory)—throughout his career he's softened the bluntness of the seething Afrobeat pioneered by his father, Fela, for broader commercial appeal. He hasn't exactly stripped down his style on Africa, but he does without the polish evident on nearly all of his previous work, and his lyrics recall his dad's fiery political stridency. The songs indict his homeland's widespread culture of corruption, excoriating both colonial greed and homegrown inefficiency. The title track is a cry for civic pride and social responsibility, and "Make We Remember" is a roll call of bygone leaders, from Malcolm X to Patrice Lumumba to Nelson Mandela. The album summons a powerful charge of righteous indignation—something that's more necessary than ever now that his father's music is a smash on Broadway. —Peter Margasak 18+

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