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Seun Kuti: A Long Way to the Beginning

by Richard Gehr on June 12, 2014

Nigerian cultural martyr Fela Kuti excoriated the corrupt global manufacturing company ITT in the grooves of his 1980 Afro-beat classic “International Thief Thief.” His youngest son, Seun Kuti, extends the family tradition on A Long Way to the Beginning by calling out the International Monetary Fund’s predatory lending practices in “IMF” with the no-bull refrain, “international motherfucker.” Jazz pianist Robert Glasper co-produced Kuti’s third album as hypnotic fast-forward funk minimalism, mostly, with occasional forays into smoking Afro-jazz in “Kalakuta Boy” and the cool-vibes, anti-skin bleaching anthem “Black Woman.”

Authors: Richard Gehr
Artist: Seun Kuti
Album: A Long Way to the Beginning
Label: Knitting Factory

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