FEMI KUTI & THE POSITIVE FORCE with special guest

The Cedar, 89.3 The Current, City Pages, and Mshale Present

FEMI KUTI & THE POSITIVE FORCE with special guest

Tue, July 31, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Cedar Cultural Center - Global Roots

Minneapolis, MN

$50 Advance, $55 Day of show

This event is all ages

This is a standing show with an open floor.

General Admission tickets are available online, by phone, ​at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows. 

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force
Femi Kuti & the Positive Force returns to The Cedar! New album just released on February 23rd.

Femi Kuti was born Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti on June 12, 1962 in London. He is the eldest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, and grandchild of traditional Nigerian aristocrat, political and women's rights activist Funmilayo Ransome Kuti. He grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, where at age 15 he started playing saxophone in his father's band, Egypt 80.

In 1986 Femi formed his own band, The Positive Force, with his sisters Yeni and Sola as the lead dancers, where he began establishing himself as an artist independent of his father's massive legacy. The band’s first show was at the University of Lagos in that same year.

His first record, No Cause for Alarm, was released in 1989 (Polygram) followed by MYOB in 1991 (Kalakuta Records). Four years later he released title album, Femi Kuti (Tabu/Motown), and then in 1998 Shoki Shoki (MCA), which garnered widespread critical acclaim. In 2000 he opened The New Africa Shrine, his nightclub in Lagos, where he later recorded the live album Africa Shrine (2004). In 2001, he collaborated with Common and Mos Def on Fight to Win (MCA), which garnered Femi's first Grammy nomination in 2003, and started touring the United States with Jane’s Addiction.

After releasing the live album Africa Shrine in 2004, there was a four year absence from recording due to personal setbacks, and Femi re-emerged releasing Day by Day (Wrasse) in 2008 and Africa for Africa (Knitting Factory) in 2010, both of which earned Grammy nominations. In 2012, he was both inducted into the Headies Hall of Fame (the most prestigious music awards in Nigeria) and was the opening act on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ European Tour. His 2013 album, No Place for My Dream (Knitting Factory), garnered a fourth Grammy nod.

Like his father, Femi has shown a strong commitment to social and political causes throughout his career and continues to fight for a free and fair Nigeria. In 2012, he became an Ambassador for Amnesty International helping the organization to spread its human rights message across the world.

This summer, Femi Kuti and the Positive Force are bringing their high energy Afrobeat back to North America for an extensive tour.
Venue Information:
Cedar Cultural Center - Global Roots
416 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN, 55454


Ticket options and info

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are not always available at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus & The Cedar.

Check the top of this page under the “Buy Tickets” button for up-to-date ticket information.

  • Phone: 612-338-2674 ext 0 between 12 noon and 4pm M-F ($2 fee per ticket)
  • In person: Tickets can be purchased at The Cedar when we are open for shows. Check our calendar for show dates and door times  (no fee; cash, check, credit card). Our other ticket outlets are Depth of Field (no fee; cash or check only), and Electric Fetus (approximately $2 fee).
  • Online: (On Ticketfly, typically $2–$3 fee/ticket + $1 restoration fee) until 2 hours before door time on day of show
  • The Cedar is an all ages venue
  • Discounts: Students with ID, seniors over 65, and children under 12 may purchase tickets at a discount at the door (subject to ticket availability).
  • Access: The Cedar strives to make our facilities and programming available to as many community members as possible and will accommodate special requests to the best of our ability. To request special accommodations or seating at an upcoming Cedar show, please contact our box office at 612-338-2674 or info@thecedar.org.