Femi Kuti & The Positive Force with Worldwide Discotheque DJsThe Cedar and Sue McLean & Associates present
Get back to the essence of Afrobeat with Femi Kuti, touring behind his new album No Place for My Dream (Knitting Factory Records, June 25, 2013), the follow-up to his Grammy-winning album Africa for Africa.
According to Femi, Afrobeat is about “making people dance while helping them swallow the bitter pill of reality.” Given the crisis currently hitting Africa and the world beyond, that pill is as hard as ever to swallow, and Afrobeat is as necessary and universal as it has ever been. Femi has taken upon himself to carry forward the music and its message with No Place for My Dream, an album propelled by his standard-bearing band, the Positive Force.
Femi expands “I think that today, everywhere in the world, people get so hopeless that music is the only way to find the strength to carry on and overcome obstacles. This is also what this album is about.”
On the new album, Femi strikes the perfect balance between respect for his father’s groundbreaking, genre-establishing musical achievements and political outspokenness, and an intense commitment to his own vision and work. Horns sparkle and growl with striking precision (“No Place for My Dream”). Sinuous keys and bright bursts of percussion (“Action Time”), shifting tempos and hard-hitting, complex rhythms weave together, a vivid counterpoint to Femi’s strong, soulful tenor voice (“Nothing to Show for It”).
Whether to dance, to gain a new sense of reality, or to transcend and overcome, this evening will unquestionably be a scorching focal point of The Cedar's African Summer 2013, to be followed just two nights later by Malian superstars Amadou & Mariam (June 28).
Worldwide Discotheque DJs Brian Engel and Dan MacAllister will spin some tunes ahead of the show.
This summer, keep your cool inside at the newly air-conditioned Cedar!
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This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota.