Posted in music | pictures on July 3, 2013

photos by Sachyn Mital

Femi Kuti / Common @ Central Park Summerstage, 6/23/2013
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Over the course of the nearly two hour performance, Kuti and his backing band The Positive Force engaged the capacity crowd with his political and jazzy music. The band included a brass ensemble and a trio of dancers, while Kuti himself swapped between keyboards and saxophone at times. The songs included tracks off the new album and some classics, with lyrics generally addressing corruption and oppression in Nigeria. These are hardly messages that comfortable New Yorkers can relate to, when their days are marred by the placement of Citibike racks or the once possible ban on soda sizes, but the diverse crowd moved along to the music. - [Popmatters]
Afrobeat superstar Femi Kuti performed at a free Summerstage show with his band Positive Force on June 23. Kuti fan Common watched much of the show from the sidelines and joined him for a freestyle rap at one point.

The hot, afternoon show show was opened Sinkane and DJ King Britt who we missed. Pictures from Kuti's Summerstage performance are in this post.

More below...

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Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Central Park Summerstage - 6/23/2013

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Comments (11)

Great show!

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 7:32 PM

Nearly as badass as daddy. Nearly.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2013 11:34 PM

Long live fela Anikulapo Kuti

Posted by Adeyinka O mcadewunmi | July 4, 2013 8:29 AM


Why no photos of Sinkane - they also played this show...

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2013 11:55 AM

Nevertheless femi kuti did have a great show.

Posted by John Simon | July 4, 2013 6:35 PM

Nice and lovely....

Posted by ola leggings | July 5, 2013 2:30 PM

bongobongobong

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2013 8:12 AM

I am know more each year That NYC CENTRAL PARK put on the best and more entertaining shows in the world. Its a city of World Class. Being from California and making a Cali/NYC flight each year . Makes me Love NEW YORK that much more. California Flight Project we applaud the city, people event coordinators . On planning out years in advance what makes the City bite into there own apple barrel. PEOPLE...... Its contagious I just love the City by the Hudson Bay, it is so much fun people smiling laughing dancing , man I love my Home town THE BX I miss it but we do come faithful keeping up with the news and the City events.
We love this year its was unannounced to us by the last minute I jump and got there Slamming its was hot like our song Summer is Here in New York City at the Central Park Summer-showcase Stage.. Awesome!!!

Posted by Jerrij Bobelli | July 7, 2013 12:24 AM

I consider this guy as legendary and guru in the field of music, he is so simple yet a very great singer.

Posted by James Stuckey | July 7, 2013 6:03 AM

was at this concert during the summer and it was fantastic. Femi always bring it in with his band, the dude is a perfectionist and the band is one of the tightest that I have seen ever. That shows the amount of work they put in. Great artist.

Posted by Kate | May 26, 2014 8:05 AM

Even this was a recap on it. It seemed beyond hyped and gassed me up !! Patiently waiting for a UK arrival 

Posted by Gemini | October 6, 2014 3:21 PM

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