Femi Kuti Live at the Shrine
- Words: Eric K. Arnold
- Label: MK2
This CD/DVD should appease die-hard Afrobeat disciples until Femi's next studio album of all-new material is released. The two-disc package contains Raphael Frydman's 86-minute documentary on the junior Anikulapo-Kuti's triumphant 2003 concert at the Africa Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria, accompanied by an audio disc. There's a lot of crowd noise in the audio disc, which includes Femi favorites like "1997," as well as his dad's classic, "Water Na Get Enemy," but that's OK-it's all about the DVD, which demystifies the endless-groove-upon-endless-grooves of Afrobeat by placing the music in a visual context. If you love Antibalas and Albino!, but missed your chance to see Fela, or have yet to see Femi in concert, then Live at the Shrine has your Afrobeat experience right here.
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