Global Music Column – February

Femi Kuti and Made Kuti – Legacy+

Much like the Marleys and reggae, the Ali Khans and Sufism or the Shankars and raga, Fela Kuti’s family name has long been synonymous with Afrobeat. The Kuti dynasty is one that perpetuates an artful blend of Ghanaian highlife melody with undulating funk rhythm, celebratory soul vamps and a fierce socio-political message, ever since Fela’s breakout in the 1970s.

It is a legacy that has wound its way into everything from hip-hop samples on Mos Def and Missy Elliot records to the current London jazz resurgence exemplified by Nubya Garcia and Moses Boyd. Fela’s own children have been some of his most rigorous acolytes: on this double album, aptly titled Legacy+, Fela’s eldest son Femi partners with his own son Made to create both an anthology of the music’s essence and a gesture to its future.

Read the review in the Guardian.

[This piece was published on 05/02/21]