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Femi Kuti and the Positive Force Sol Development

The heir to an AfroBeat legend, Femi Kuti returns to the Grove with positive vibes, body-shaking rhythms, and funky grooves. Local group Sol Development opens with a powerful blend of hip-hop, jazz and soul.

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.


Sol Development

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.

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The concert is made possible with support from The Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund.

Concert Host: Kenny Choi, KPIX

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