Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 are on tour again with the release of the new album A Long Way to the Beginning and, when they pull in to Toronto on July 12, the show promises to be ecstatic, off the wall, and energetically purifying. You may think this sounds like hyperbole but the last time Seun Kuti was in Toronto in 2008 it was 2 hours of dancing bliss that left the crowd screaming for more. What is more, this past week in NYC, Seun killed it at the Highline Ballroom. Don’t take my word for it, read what the New York Times said about it.
Seun Kuti has been performing on stage since he was nine years old. He started his career as a backup singer in Egypt 80, the band fronted by his father Fela, the king of Afrobeat. Seun had already started taking piano lessons and teaching himself to play saxophone. But on stage with his father he only ever sang, adding his child’s voice to the chorus of male and female backup singers that included his mother, the collective response to Fela’s persistent call. When Fela died in 1997, Seun, then just fifteen, was ready to take over. Since then, he has led Egypt 80 as lead vocalist and saxophonist, the focal point of a band that his father had forged into one of Africa’s most legendary ensembles. No one else represents and carries the soul and vibe that is the Afrobeat movement like Seun Kuti does. Like the tattoo across his back proclaims :”Fela Lives!”
Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 at Harbourfront in Toronto in 2008.
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 will be in Toronto on July 12 for a night of musical upliftment at the Phoenix Concert Theatre. Opening up for the man and putting us into the proper state of being will be the Asiko Afrobeat Orchestra, the Luvmenauts, and Groove Institute (sSolid Garage) will hold it down and keep us dancing. throughout. Presented by NuFunk.ca & Uma Nota Culture
Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St. 9 pm doors. Tickets $30.00 ($26.50 + HST) & service charge available at Ticketweb.ca Eventbrite & hard tickets at Soundscapes (572 College St.), Rotate This (801 Queen St. W.), Play de Record (357A Yonge St.) & African Drums & Art Crafts (618 Dundas St. W.) Facebook event