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Saturday, 10 September 2011

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80

Today was another day, on which I couldn't think of an artist to do a blog post on until I explored the world music section of iTunes music store and looked at their recommendations. I wanted to do a post about Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 because I like the way in which he tries to express the fact, that he thinks there is hope for Nigeria/Africa in his music.

Seun Kuti is a Nigerian musician, whose interest in music was inspired by his father, Fela Kuti, who founded the band Egypt 80. Seun started learning to play the saxophone and the piano at the age of eight and he began performing on stage, when he was just nine years old. His professional music career began when he played in the opening act with Egypt 20. As you can see he still plays with Egypt 20 but because most of the members of this band, joined when his father started the band, he is one of the youngest members of the band. He became the leader of Egypt 20 in 1997, when his father died of AIDS. Their music is a combination of funk, jazz and African music, that combines horns, keyboards, percussion, guitars and vocals. With his/his father's music he aims to campaign against the corruption & Human Rights abuse in Nigeria/Africa.

This clip actually combines two songs, African Soldiers and Mr. Big Thief:

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