Sean Kuti & Fela's Egypt 80

On one hand, Seun Kuti's gumption is admirable: It took cojones to step into his late activist father's bandleader shoes and command most of the last Afrobeat orchestra he led. And while the ghost of Fela haunts Seun's features, bearing, and polemics, it's difficult not to come away from the latter's revival disappointed, to desperately want some semblance of gravitas to come across. In his prime, Fela's every note and aside bore the accumulated weight of decades of political oppression and paranoia. At the tender age of 19, Seun's exasperation is more theatrical than genuine, but give him points for keeping the cause alive.
Sun., April 8, 8 p.m., 2012

 
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