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    It has been 15 years this month since Afrobeat master Fela Kuti passed on. Just before his death, Fela wrote his last tune and rehearsed it with his Egypt 80 band. Unfortunately the song was never recorded, but in a recent interview, Fela's former baritone saxophonist Rilwan "Showboy" ***bemi...
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    Afrobeat star Femi Kuti, son of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, turned 50 on June 16 and gave a big party at the New Africa Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria. I was lucky enough to be invited and have recounted the event at http://crazybentbrasstube.blogspot.com/. Fela's other famous son Seun Kuti performed...
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    I've been in Lagos for an extended period of time and have had the good fortune to spend some time with Rilwan "Showboy" ***bemi, who played baritone sax with Fela Kuti during Fela's lifetime and has been instrumental in keeping his band Egypt 80 together until today. I interviewed Showboy at...
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    Within a few weeks of seeing Fela Kuti's son Femi and his Positive Force band play at their home venue, the New Africa Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria, I had the chance to see younger brother Seun play there on Saturday. Seun Kuti leads Egypt 80, Fela's former band, and about half the current band...
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    I had the great fortune to see Femi Kuti perform at his home venue, the New Africa Shrine, in Lagos, Nigeria on Sunday night. Femi is the son Fela Kuti, the legendary founder of Afrobeat, and is a fabulous performer in his own right. He plays tenor, alto, and soprano sax as well as some trumpet...
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