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Femi Kuti announces tour; Fela being celebrated during CMJ; Antibalas playing shows (dates)

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Moody Theater in 2011 (AUS) (more by Tim Griffin)

Afrobeat authority Femi Kuti and his band The Positive Force are slated to tour the US in 2013. That tour kicks off in the beginning of January, and will hit NYC on January 26 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (10/17) at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (10/19) at noon.

Femi and co.’s most recent album, Africa For Africa, was released in 2010 in the UK and France, and in 2011 in the US. You can take a listen to that album in its entirety, via Spotify, at the bottom of this post.

In related news, Fela Kuti is being celebrated in NYC during CMJ with a show on Thursday at Littlefield with EMEFE, Mokaad, The Funk Ark, The Rainbow Children, and DJ Monk-One. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

In more related news, Brooklyn’s Antibalas (a band modeled after Fela’s band) has some upcoming dates this December, culminating ina hometown show on December 14 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple with Red Baraat. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/19).

Lists of all known Femi Kuti tour dates, all Antibalas dates, and a stream of Africa For Africa are below.

Femi Kuti — Africa For Africa

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force — 2013 North American Tour Dates
01.07 – 01.12.13 Jam Cruise
01.13.13 Grand Central – Miami, FL, US
01.15.13 Boulder Theater – Denver, CO, US
01.17.13 Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA, US
01.18.13 El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA, US
01.21.13 Metro – Chicago, IL, US
01.23.13 Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA, US
01.26.13 Webster Hall – New York, NY, US
01.27.13 Alexander Twilight Theater – Lyndon, VT, US

Antibalas — 2012 Tour Dates
12.7 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
12.8 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
12.10 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
12.13 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
12.14 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Masonic Temple

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