Knitting Factory Records has announced the release of From Africa With Fury: Rise, the mighty new album from Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80. The album – which follows Kuti’s critically praised debut, 2008’s Many Things – arrives in stores and all DSPs on June 21st.
From Africa With Fury: Rise sees Kuti picking up the mantle as undisputed champion and true prince of the Afrobeat movement, heading up Egypt 80, the extraordinary combo first fronted by his renowned father, Fela. Produced by Brian Eno, John Reynolds, and Kuti, with additional production by Godwin Logie, the album captures Seun and Egypt 80’s extraordinary power, fraught with scorching rhythms and kinetic funk energy. With Kuti’s booming vocal stylings at the forefront,songs like “African Soldiers” and “Rise” are fueled by call-and-response hooks, breakneck tempos, and combative, topical lyricism which firmly sets the classic Egypt 80 sound in the modern era.
Kuti and Egypt 80 – as ever, under the leadership of alto saxophonist Lekan Animashaun – have earned international acclaim as one of the world’s most incendiary live acts. The band will celebrate the release of From Africa With Fury: Rise with a series of North American concert dates – a full itinerary will be announced shortly.
Born in 1983, Seun first began performing with Egypt 80 at the age of nine, warming up audiences with renditions of his father’s songs. After Fela’s death in 1997, Seun stepped up to the front of the band, leading the celebrated combo as both lead vocalist and saxophonist. While his father’s influence cannot be understated, Kuti was determined to cut his own distinctive musical path, incorporating contemporary influences into the traditional Afrobeat approach. From Africa With Fury: Rise makes plain that Kuti has indeed found his own idiosyncratic voice as songwriter, singer, and band leader, its songs and sonic approach marked by provocative edge and mature self-assurance.
“What inspires me is the time that I live in,” Kuti says. “Basically what is happening today in Africa are the same things that were happening 40 years ago, when my father was songwriting, but they’re happening in different ways. So when I write my music, it’s from the perspective of a 27-year-old man living in 2011, instead of a 30-year-old man living in the 1970s.”