Traditions are kept alive by constant change. The roots music of the 21st Century is being created as much with electric guitars, sequencers, and laptops as with drums and flutes.
That's one of the ideas behind the Rhythm Foundation's Heineken TransAtlantic Festival, whose 2013 headliners include A ... More >>
Last year, the Rhythm Foundation and Heineken's TransAtlantic Festival brought together the Afrobeat extravaganza of saxophonist and bandleader Seun Kuti and the modern-day cumbia stylings of Quantic and Combo Bárbaro.
You might think it would be hard to follow that kind of lineup. But maybe that' ... More >>
Femi Kuti is a world-music master, a deep political thinker, and a true Nigerian patriot.
Just like his famous late father, Fela, the fearsome legend who pioneered an entirely fresh fusion of complex African rhythms and electrified Western sounds, invented the term Afrobeat, embodied Black Power, d ... More >>
See the video of Tupac Amaru Shakur's resurrection-slash-performance at Coachella; a six-point recap from Friday, April 13; and the top moments from Saturday, April 14 -- plus "Top Ten Awkward Coachella Dance Move GIFs."
Wow, that was fast! In a whirlwind of top-notch performances from legends and ... More >>
In 2012, the world is such a postmodern, postcolonial jungle that in order to make sense of anything you've got to be thinking globally.
Global economies, global trends, global crises. And global music. The collapse of cultural segregation -- thank the Internet -- has created some curious crossb ... More >>
You don't need a passport, green card, or visa to experience some of the best music in the world.
You just need to hit the North Beach Bandshell on April 13 and 14 for the tenth annual Heineken Transatlantic Festival.
Seun Kuti, the prince of Afrobeat, and his band the Egypt 80 are coming to pa ... More >>
Seun Kuti and Egypt '80
Presented by Rhythm Foundation
Friday, July 29, 2011
Manuel Artime Theater, Miami
On Friday night, Seun Kuti and Egypt '80 opened up a portal into a high, spiritual, Afro-dimension where time slowed to a near standstill as booties shook with ever-increasing rapidity. Thou ... More >>
As far as Seun Kuti is concerned, art should inspire society. And it should be political.
"The fact that music is no longer as political as it used to be, say in '60s and '70s, is one of the problems we have with youth education and development today," Kuti says. "Because most youths don't eve ... More >>
Outspoken and uncensored, Seun Kuti has no fear.
In a time of timid musicians who've been trained to keep their mouths shut and tow the PR line, the Nigerian sax man and heir to his father Fela's Afrobeat throne is perfectly willing to tell the raw, real truth, whether talking power, politics, ... More >>
We're diggin' the jumpsuit.Sure, there are guys who dutifully follow in their father's footsteps. They might take on the family business, become scientists, doctors, or lawyers just like the old man. Or they might even take the deadbeat route and follow dad to the local Stop 'N' Shop for a fresh ... More >>