With a new album in the works, Femi Kuti and The Positive Force have kicked off the new year with a US tour to promote the new record, No Place for My Dream, which is set for an early 2013 release.
After creating a name for himself in the international music industry in the late eighties, Femi Kuti drifted away from the Afrobeat sound of his father. He ventured off into hip hop, working with artists such as Common and Mos Def. This year’s release is said to be the 50-year-old singer’s return to the Afrobeat sound that launched him into the music industry.
“Now it’s going back on track where I really want to be with No Place for My Dream. It’s like going back to where I started off.”
The three-time Grammy-nominated artist and his band, The Positive Force, are making a stop at the 9:30 Club this Friday, January 25, as a part of their 2013 tour—and we’re giving away a pair of tickets!
Though his father, the late Fela Kuti, flourished within the Afrobeat sound, Kuti, in an interview with Rolling Stone, says, ”…I don’t want to be my father’s replica. I want to find my own spirit, my own soul, and my own voice.”
Femi Kuti has much respect for his father’s work; however, he doesn’t want to live in his shadow. To win tickets to see the Nigerian musician and his band this Friday, leave a comment below naming a song about fathers. My pick? “Dance With My Father” by Luther Vandross.
The winner will be chosen at noon on Thursday, January 24. Tickets are still available.