Seun Kuti brings song, dramatics and politics to Sony Hall

Nayaba Arinde | 2/21/2019, 11:10 a.m.
Looking like, sounding like, and inspiring like his legendary Afrobeat ‘baba,’ Fela Kuti, youngest son Seun Kuti performed like the ...
Seun Kuti John Ojo Nyaku photo

Looking like, sounding like, and inspiring like his legendary Afrobeat ‘baba,’ Fela Kuti, youngest son Seun Kuti performed like the whole world was watching, at his jam-packed gig at Sony Hall off Times Square Tuesday, Feb. 19,.

In his typically long, bang-for-you-buck show, between his own mega hits, Kuti and his Egypt 80 dropped some of his father’s flavors, and interspersed in-your-bones rhythms. He spoke to his audience about everything from Trump, to high fashion capitalist racism, and African politics and common socio-political agendas.

A world tour-er/traveler he is: from the age of nine, Seun sang with his world-famous father — even meeting this journalist in Manchester, England (circa 1993), where Fela himself, invited us to “chop some pounded am and egusi.” Yum!

When his father died in 1997, 14-year-old Seun assumed the role as leader of the Egypt 80. His father’s Afrobeat energy runs up and through his sound, his Fela-esque contortions are cannily reminiscent, and his loud politicking leaves no doubt that he has picked up the mantle, and he is on a world mission.