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Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 Live at Electric Brixton

Posted on February 20th, 2018 in Recent posts by .

Seun Kuti, eldest son of the late Nigerian legend Fela Kuti, will perform at Electric Brixton, London on March 2

Seun Kuti began performing at his father’s side at just nine years old. Fela Kuti’s musical talent and passion clearly rubbed off on Seun, as did his political drive and anti-establishment views. He went on to build a successful career of his own, releasing numerous albums to critical acclaim and becoming a renowned Afrobeat musician in his own right.

In this special, one-off performance at Electric Brixton Seun will be joined by Egypt 80, the band fronted originally by his late father, as well as Nigerian-British Afrobeat musician Dele Sosimi with his Afrobeat Orchestra.

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More Fela Kuti reissues on the way

Posted on April 22nd, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

© Bernard Matussière

Fela Kuti reissue series continues with ten more CD releases

Knitting Factory Records continue their reissue series of the complete works of Fela Kuti with a further ten releases on May 20. This next batch of releases includes some of Fela Kuti’s iconic albums including Zombie (1977) and Coffin for Head of State (1980). 

In October this year, the Nigerian icon and Afro-beat originator would have been celebrating his 75th birthday, and these releases are continuing the legacy of the Black President. 

Previously unseen live footage of Fela performing ‘Beasts of No Nation’ live at the Zenith, Paris in 1984.

Full list of releases on May 20:

Ikoyi Blindness / Kalakuta Show (CD: KFR-1012)

Yellow Fever / Na Poi (CD: KFR-1013)

Johnny Just Drop (JJD) / Unnecessary Begging (CD: KFR-1014)

Zombie (CD: KFR-1015)

Upside Down / Fela And Roy Ayers (CD: KFR-1016)

Stalemate / Fear Not For Man (CD: KFR-1017)

Opposite People / Sorrow Tears & Blood (CD: KFR-1018)

Shuffering & Shmiling / No Agreement (CD: KFR-1019)

VIP / Authority Stealing (CD: KFR-1020)

Coffin For Head Of State / Unknown Soldier (CD: KFR-1021)

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Further acts added to WOMAD Charlton Park line-up

Posted on April 12th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

© Matt Crossick

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Toots & the Maytals and Carminho added to bill

WOMAD Charlton Park is back this summer from July 25-28. The first acts announced last month included Rokia Traoré, Gilberto Gil and Ondatrópica, and today’s announcement sees Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Toots & the Maytals and Carminho join what is shaking up to be one of the strongest WOMAD line-ups to date.

Festivals are very much the talk of the town at the moment at Songlines HQ, with our definitive festival guide appearing in the next issue (June 2013, #92) on sale in the UK on April 26. The Songlines team will tenting it at WOMAD once again this year, so pop by and say hello. You can buy a discounted Songlines subscription with a weekend ticket here.

To purchase tickets or to find out more information (including our Songlines subscription/weekend ticket offer) please visit the WOMAD UK website.

Further confirmed WOMAD Charlton Park 2013 acts:

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria)
Toots & the Maytals (Jamaica)
The Heavy (UK)
Parov Stelar Band (Austria)
Adjágas (Norway)
Bombay Royale (Australia/India) 
Carminho (Portugal)
Christine Salem (Réunion)
Dizu Plaatjies and the Ibuyambo Ensemble (South Africa)
Flavia Coelho (Brazil)
Hidden Orchestra (UK)
Jesca Hoop (USA)
Katy Carr & The Aviators (UK)
Mohammad Reza Mortazavi (Iran)
Spoek (South Africa)
Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys (USA)
YesKing (UK)
Fimber Bravo (Trinidad)
Iadoni (Georgia)
Malouma (Mauritania)
Riot Jazz Brass Band (UK) 

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WOMAD Sicily 2012 (July 5-8 2012)

Posted on February 13th, 2012 in Recent posts by .

On Thursday February 10 Peter Gabriel formally introduced this year’s WOMAD Sicily festival to the press at the Italina Cultural Institute, London.

Joined by Sicilian musician Roy Paci and members of the Sicilian tourism board, a Q&A session took place on the four-day event that looks sure to be one of the highlights of this year’s festival calendar.

Now in its 15th year on the idyllic unclouded skies of Sicily off the southern tip of Italy, the city of Palermo’s open air Tearo di Verdura will play host to this globally renowned event. Surrounded by a rich tapestry of historic architecture, the festival takes place on an island where cross-cultural integration from both West and East are embedded in its history and ethos.

Now in its 30th year, WOMAD itself continues to expand throughout the world under Peter Gabriel’s watchful eye. Performing there himself in 2004, Gabriel describes Sicily as “a magical place” and is “pleased to re-invite the world to the island.” With sincere adoration shown towards the Italian governmental support for the event, a great working partnership has clearly been established.

Questioned on the future of WOMAD, operations and events director Chris Smith stated his interest in the East, with even Siberia thrown in the mix as a possible future destination! Cooperation between WOMAD, tourism and government is evidently crucial, with Smith commenting, “we will go anywhere if the partnership works.”

So far confirmed acts include The Portico Quartet, Hanggai and Seun Kuti & Egypt 80.

More information about the festival can be found at

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