SEUN KUTI & EGYPT 80

SEUN KUTI & EGYPT 80

Seun Kuti is the youngest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. He has spent most of his life preserving and extending his father’s political and musical legacy as the leader of his father’s former band Egypt 80. He showed interest in his father’s music from the age of five, and at nine began opening Fela’s shows, singing a select group of songs with Egypt 80 before his dad took the stage. As a developing saxophonist and percussionist, he entered the formal ranks of the band before he was 12. 

 

After Fela’s passing in 1997, Seun, in fulfillment of his father’s wishes, assumed the mantle as head of Egypt 80; he has run it ever since. Although the elder Kuti never performed his recorded work on-stage, Seun felt it important that these compositions get a live hearing and added them to his own set.

 

Along the way and since he released his first album in 2008, Seun has added his own twist to the music, digging deep into various African traditions to reflect the continent’s struggles and cultures. His breakthrough record, From Africa with Fury: Rise (2011), co-produced with Brian Eno, landed on both Billboard and digital International charts. Having picked up his father’s torch, Seun Kuti has kept shifting and transforming afrobeat with his own signature and with Egypt 80 he has toured the globe relentlessly, often playing multi-hour shows that were as heavy on group improvisation as they were on composition. We’re in for a legendary treat at Mallorca Live Festival.