Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
Femi Kuti and his band The Positive Force are at the heart and soul of modern Afrobeat. Femi’s father, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, created the style—a blend of traditional Nigerian drum patterns, the smooth groove of highlife and American soul, funk and R&B—and took it to the world, inspiring people with insistent dance beats and lyrics bristling with political statements. Femi Kuti’s latest album, One People One World (Knitting Factory Records) sees a return to the music’s African roots with hints of reggae, highlife, soul, R&B and other African, Caribbean, and African American flavors adding to Femi’s signature sound.
Led by MC, spoken word poet, activist, and educator Karega Bailey, Oakland ensemble Sol Development performs a blend of hip-hop, jazz, and soul grooves, crafting a potent soundtrack to the movement for justice and freedom. The ensemble’s music, energy as a team and musical identity illustrates a future of unlimited possibilities and a message of hope.
The concert is made possible with support from The Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund.
Season Host: Liam Mayclem.