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Album Review

Now that he's assumed the mantle of Afro-Beat superstardom from his father, Femi Kuti seems much more assured on his third album, Shoki Shoki. Femi is just as focused on political and social situations as Fela Kuti, as displayed on several tracks here ("Blackman Know Yourself," "What Will Tomorrow Bring," "Victim of Life," "Look Around"). Also like his father, he never lets the lyrically conscious material get in the way of pushing irresistible grooves. From the openers "Truth Don Die" and "Beng Beng Beng" — both of which were passed off to dance remixers including Masters at Work and Black Science Orchestra — to later tracks like "Sorry Sorry," Femi is a strict bandleader who knows how to get the most out of his charges. In fact, the only real stylistic difference between father and son is the fact that songs by Femi are shorter and poppier than those by Fela.

Customer Reviews

GTA 4 Soundtrack

The first track on this album usually plays on Radio If 99 on GtA 4.... I've gotten so addicted to the fast trumpet beats and all the drummings... This album will definitely end up in my iphone after the next sync.

Fantastic...

Overall a great cd. "Beng Beng Beng" my personal favorite but every track on here is a winner. Look into "Sorry Sorry", "Scatta Head", and "Truth Don Die'" for some more music to really sway to.

Essential Femi

Serious fans of Afrobeat best not miss this one- a perfect balance of tradition and innovation (and a guaranteed cure-all for any low energy gathering)

Biography

Born: June 16, 1962 in London, England

Genre: World

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The eldest son of Afro-beat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Femi Kuti (born Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti) spent years playing in his father's band before eventually rising to superstardom following his father's death in the late '90s. Since few artists can match the elder Kuti's musical legacy, Femi's association with his father has been both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it's never been difficult for Femi to garner press or attention, and MCA went out of its way to push his career with...
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