From Africa with Fury

Tinariwen will be in New York this week to play Highline Ballroom on July 20 with House of Waters, and to play the Grassroots Festival in Trumansburg, NY the next day (7/21). Tickets are still on sale for the Highline show.

Fellow West African Seun Kuti and Egypt 80, who also play Grassroots, will play NYC on July 27 at S.O.B.'s. Tickets are on sale now. They'll also play a free Celebrate Brooklyn show on July 22 with Faaji Agba. Egypt 80 is the former band of Seun's father, Fela Kuti. Seun recently released From Africa With Fury: Rise, his first album for Knitting Factory Records. The album was recorded with producers Brian Eno and John Reynolds...

"...there was room to further adjust the blazing Afrobeat of Seun's first album Many Things into something more potent.

That was producer Brian Eno's prescription when he finally convinced Seun to let him produce his work. As Seun explains, "He showed me ways to open up the music. He gave me ideas about things we could do to turn the project from live music to a great live CD."

If you're expecting something in the vein of The Unforgettable Fire or Viva La Vida, you'd be wrong. This is more like Remain In Light at 45 RPM. Kuti explains that it's not like Eno changed the songs themselves (though he did contribute keyboards and vocals), but would strengthen passages of tracks like "Mr. Big Thief' by having the melody played in unison by Kuti's sax and guest Justin Adams's guitar.... [Exclaim]

Purchase the album on Amazon as LP/CD/MP3. Updated Seun tour dates below...

Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 -- 2011 Tour Dates
JUL 20 Artown Reno, Nevada, US
JUL 22 Celebrate Brooklyn Brooklyn, NY
JUL 23 Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance Trumansburg, New York , US
JUL 24 Hillside Festival Guelph, Ontario, CA
JUL 27 SOBs New York, New York , US
JUL 29 Manuel Artime Performing Arts Center Miami, FL , US
JUL 30 Floydfest Floyd, Virginia
AUG 4 Festival Fiest'A Sète Sète, FRANCE
AUG 7 Festival Au Grés du Jazz La Petite Pierre, FRANCE
OCT 11 Internationales de la guitare Montpellier, FRANCE
OCT 26 Rocher de Palmer Bordeaux, FRANCE

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