Seun Kuti (SHAY-OON KOO-TEE) releases his new 3-song EP Struggle Sounds on Sony Music Masterworks. Co-produced by Robert Glasper, the EP features the single "Gimme My Vote Back (C.P.C.D.)" where C.P.C.D. stands for Corporate Public Control Department.
The son of the late Nigerian Afrobeat legend, Fela Kuti, Seun recorded the EP with Egypt 80, his father's original band. Written by Seun, the three songs on the album "Struggle Sounds," "Gimme My Vote Back (C.P.C.D.)," and "African Dreams" have strong social and political messages – a theme that Seun weaves into all of this music.
"More than ever we are convinced of our mission and the purpose of our music," says Seun. "The Struggle Sounds EP is a true reflection of my social and political beliefs. I give honor to my parents and every revolutionary who made this possible even before I was born."
This November, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 will open on tour for Lauryn Hill. He will headline his own tour – details forthcoming.
Seun Kuti is the youngest son of legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. At the age of nine, Seun expressed the wish to sing to his father. A short while later Seun started performing with his father and the band, until his father's untimely death in 1997. Seun, then only 14-years-old, assumed the role as lead singer of Egypt 80. Ever since, Seun has followed the political and social ethos of his father. Along the way, he began to add his own twist to the music, digging deep into various African traditions to reflect the continent's struggles and cultures. About three-quarters of the current Egypt 80 line-up consists of musicians that not only played with Fela Kuti, but often were arrested and harassed alongside the founder of the Afrobeat movement. Seun Kuti has toured the world and previously released three albums.
Nov 01 / Copley Symphony Hall / San Diego, CA
Nov 03 / Bill Graham Civic Auditorium / San Francisco, CA
Nov 04 / Greek Theatre / Berkeley, CA
Nov 06 / McCaw Hall / Seattle, WA
Nov 08 / Queen Elizabeth Theatre / Vancouver, Canada
Nov 10 / Keller Auditorium / Portland, OR
Nov 12 / Foundry Hall / Las Vegas, NV
Nov 13 / Comerica Theatre / Phoenix, AZ
Nov 27 / Moody Theatre / Austin, TX
Nov 29 / Aztec Theater / San Antonio, TX
Dec 01 / Saenger Theatre / New Orleans, LA
Dec 06 / Mahaffey Theater / St Petersburg, FL
Dec 08 / House of Blues / Orlando, FL
Dec 11 / The Ritz / Raleigh, NC
Dec 13 / Old National Centre - Murat Theatre / Indianapolis, IN
Dec 15 / Louisville Palace Theatre / Louisville, KY
Dec 18 / The Fillmore Silver Spring / Silver Spring, MD