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Femi Kuti Day By Day

  • Words: Derek Beres
  • Label: Mercer Street
  • XLR8R Rating: 7/10

Nigeria’s Femi Kuti has long looked for ways of evolving his father Fela’s Afrobeat creation without straying too far from its roots. He has done this previously by chopping down the 15-, 20-, and 30-minute songs into more digestible five-minute tracks, with varying success. Following his brilliant live recording on Palm Pictures, from which many of Day By Day’s songs are derived, he has finally created a rich, full album that includes a dozen songs in under 54 minutes. For Kuti, less is more and he creates a magnificent blend of horns, drums, bass, and guitars alongside his distinct and powerful vocal arrangements. The evolution continues.

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