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Tickets now on sale....for Seun Kuti

Biggest gig ever at the Kazimier with son of Afrobeat legend

Published on October 20th 2011.

Tickets now on sale....for Seun Kuti

IT is being billed as “the most ambitious live act ever staged at The Kazimier,” and it involves an ex LIPA student who, for once, isn't in the bleedin' Wombats. 

No, it's Nigerian saxophonist extraordinaire Seun Kuti, youngest son of Fela Kuti – a musical and political legend proper - and founder of the Afrobeat Movement. 

The little Kuti began playing saxophone at the age of eight and started as a backup singer in his father's revered band, Egypt 80, a year later. 

He took over at age 15, after Kuti Snr's death from AIDS, and has continued his father’s political message. But he adds his own: "I want to make Afrobeat for my generation,” he says. “Instead of 'get up and fight,' it's going to be ‘get up and think.’”

That must have got the heads turning when he turned up to study music in Liverpool. 

Anyway, the young pretender to the Afrobeat throne has become a star in his own right, and next month he returns to the city with the entire Egypt 80 line-up for one of only two UK dates. Promoters OBSCENIC have clinched the deal as part of Liverpool Music Week. 

Organiser Joe Wills says: “I’m sure you’re all too aware how rare exclusive shows like this are to Liverpool, therefore we urge you to support our live music scene as well as the inspiring venue and people that are The Kazimier.” 

Kuti's latest release, From Africa With Fury: Rise, was co-produced by no less than Brian Eno, and has earned a MOBO 2011 nomination. Eno's fulsome praise for the act includesthe accolade of “making some of the biggest, wildest, livest music on the planet." 

About three-quarters of the current Egypt 80 line-up consists of musicians that not only played with Fela Kuti, but often were arrested and harassed alongside him. Live sets consist of both new material and originals from Seun’s father. 

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During his extremely colourful lifetime, Fela Kuti never performed songs he had recorded, so for many fans this is their first chance to enjoy his stuff in a live setting. 

Supported by London Afro-punks United Vibrations and Dustin Wong, lead guitarist and co-founder of the cult Baltimore band, Ponytail, this is one for jazz heads, musos and party peeps everywhere. 

Or, as organisers say: ”Get ready for scenes straight out of Nigeria’s legendary Shrine.” 

*Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, with support from United Vibrations+ Dustin Wong, The Kazimier, 4-5 Wolstenholme Square, L1 4JJ. Thursday Nov 3, Doors 8pm - £18 adv. Tickets from usual city outlets or here

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