Femi Kuti: Oyimbo
Femi Kuti & Postive Force
Day by Day (Mercer Street Records 70054)
Femi Kuti (vocals, reeds, trumpet, organ),
Gbenga Laleye (vocals, alto saxophone); Seb Martel, Ademola Adegbola, Julia , Camille (guitar); Sodi (recorder), Patrick Goraguer (Fender Rhodes piano, keyboard, percussion), Guy N’Sangue (bass); Kunle Olayode, Debo Folorunsho (drums, percussion); Vladimir Neskovic, Morgan Marchand (programming); Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti, Onome Udi, Doris Lanzman, Celine Bary, Bose Ajila (background vocals).
Recorded: No information given (CD released in 2008)
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
Femi Kuti, eldest son of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, has made his own mark on the music world, although more listeners probably hear him through his appearance as a radio host on Grand Theft Auto IV. But the videogame-meisters might do well to put down the joystick and pick up Kuti's CD Day by Day instead. This artist has the same persuasive, conversational vocal style his father mastered, and shows a similar willingness to take on contemporary issues in his music. In the course of this song, he addresses peace, justice and the British banking industry, all in under four minutes. Yes, his music is more compact than his dad's half-hour epics, and the rhythm shifts from the trance-inducing style of his famous antecedent, instead taking on a more overtly Western dance beat. This is a welcome addition to this artist's all-too-small discography.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia