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Seun Kuti performs “Rise”

“Rise” is the title song on Seun Kuti and Egypt 80’s new album. In the Fela tradition of Afrobeat, it’s an angry song – protesting against corrupt leaders and corporations exploiting Africa’s resources. It’s also a big band tour de force, with echoes of James Brown and Miles Davis. Above all, it’s a call to rise against injustice.

 

This is Seun’s incendiary anthem, but there’s an underlying sadness here, too, as if he knows all too well the suffering his people have endured. The constant refrain: We want a better life but “our stomachs still empty.”

 

Seun Kuti’s website

http://www.knittingfactoryrecords.com/artists/seunkuti

“Black President” our SOUND TRACKS story about Fela and Seun Kuti

http://www.pbs.org/soundtracks/stories/black/

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