From Africa With Fury: Rise - Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
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  • Band members: Seun Kuti
  • Summary: The youngest son of Fela Kuti teams up with his father's band, Egypt 80, on this album produced by Brian Eno and John Reynolds.
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  1. Aug 23, 2011
    For the inexperienced deterred by Fela's 30 minute jams, Seun Kuti offers a more digestible approach to the afrobeat form, without sacrificing any of the clarity and energy of the original brand. For the already initiated, it's a crisper, more modern approach--unlikely to offer much that is truly new or unexpected, but insanely inspiring nonetheless.
  2. Aug 23, 2011
    Backed by his father's old orchestra, Fela Kuti's son Seun shows how afrobeat should be played: its irrepressible funky surge offset by truly scorching brass fanfares.
  3. Aug 26, 2011
    The ferocious cauldron of funk guitars, stinging horns, simmering grooves and incendiary, politicized lyrics departs little from Fela's trademark style, but is delivered with a spiky aggression that entirely justifies the album's title. [May 2011, p.94]
  4. Aug 23, 2011
    This is an album that's memorable for its slick, rousing instrumental work, which includes Seun's own saxophone contributions. His new songs attack predictable targets, but at least he is beginning to find his own voice.
  5. A potent shot in the arm for Afrobeat.
  6. Aug 23, 2011
    From Africa With Fury: Rise is a solid sampling of Afrobeat, and if Kuti's goal is to show that his father's influence was not wasted on him, he succeeds brilliantly.
  7. Aug 23, 2011
    As the Afrobeat funk cross-hatches its syncopations and sets brasses against saxophones, the production captures the antiphonal clarity without sacrificing brawn.

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