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  1. Recordings, Movies
    Check out this 3-minute video of the excellent contemporary Nigerian saxophonist Shola Eml produced by Libero Films of France: http://crazybentbrasstube.blogspot.com/2014/01/shola-eml-jazz-africa-fusion.html Shola is one of the leading alto saxophonists in West Africa and, other than a...
  2. Music Venues Around the World
    Had a chance to sit in on tenor with a local Nigerian band at the rooftop stage at Bogobiri House in Ikoyi, Lagos, last weekend. A couple of audio tracks from Sunday night are posted on my blog at http://crazybentbrasstube.blogspot.com/, highlife and reggae. Bogobiri is a one-of-a-kind...
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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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    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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