The youngest son of Fela Kuti carries his father's mantle as bandleader for Egypt 80. The album Black Times is nominated for the 61st Grammy Awards.
The youngest Kuti carries the baton for a very influential name in afrobeat. Whilst his brother, Femi Kuti is also a commercially successful musician, it is Seun who leads his father’s band, Egypt 80.
Black Times is an album that evokes the emotive state of conscious black existence. Its concept is descriptive of the first moment of clarity someone has about a system of global white domination. Once you recognize this, according to Kuti, you can “become who you’re supposed to be.” These notions are written into the fabric of the album, spanning black history, ideas of oppression, freedom and self-identity.
The album was produced by Seun Kuti, featuring the American-Mexican musician Carlos Santana, who is a multiple Grammy award-winner himself. Quite a pedigree therefore; however, should Kuti win in February it will be his first time.
Here is the new video premiered on Qwest TV:
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Black Times (Strut Records)