TWO-ALBUM PROJECT ‘LEGACY +’ OUT 5 FEB VIA PARTISAN
FEMI KUTI – ‘STOP THE HATE’ || MADE KUTI - ‘FOR(E)WARD’
Femi Kuti – “As We Struggle Everyday”
Femi says of the track: “As we struggle everyday is to do with how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail ”
‘Stop The Hate’ is one half of a two-album package Femi is releasing alongside his son Made Kuti, called ‘Legacy +’. Made’s album is titled ‘For(e)ward,’ and is also out Feb 5. Both albums are steeped in the tradition of Afrobeat invented by Fela Kuti (Femi’s father, and Made’s grandfather), but each also brings their own unique vision and sound . ’Stop The Hate’ honors Fela in a traditionally fun, sharply political, and affirming way. Meanwhile ‘For(e)ward’ is a modern and progressive freedom manifesto, pushing boundaries of the subgenre even further. Made also performs every instrument on his album!
Read more about the story behind ‘Legacy +’ HERE in a new bio written by author + journalist Marcus J. Moore (NY Times, NPR, The Nation).
The cover art for ‘For(e)ward’ and ‘Stop The Hate’ features portraits of Femi and Made done by Brooklyn-based artist Delphine Desane, whose work was recently featured on the cover of Vogue Italia.
Made grew up in the legendary New Afrika Shrine in Lagos, and spent much of his childhood touring with his father, playing bass or saxophone in Positive Force. Unlike his father, who didn’t formally study music, Made went to the famed Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London (the same place Fela studied, back when it was known simply as Trinity College), where he shared a musical environment with some of the most talented and disciplined musicians up-and-coming acts from the city’s underground scene.
1. Pà Pá Pà
2. As We Struggle Everyday
3. Stop The Hate
4. Land Grab
5. Na Bigmanism Spoil Government
6. You Can’t Fight Corruption With Corruption
7. Show Of Shame
9. Young Boy Young Girl
10. Set Your Minds And Souls Free