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Femi Kuti & Made Kuti


Partisan Records
This is in fact two separate albums by two generations of Kutis — 'Stop the Hate’ by Femi (son of Fela) Kuti, and ‘For(e)ward’ by Made (son of Femi) Kuti — but releasing them as a single package is a pretty smart move for the Kuti family brand. At first glance, there’s not much to be surprised by across this 90 minutes of music from the son and grandson of Afrobeat’s originator, both seemingly slotting into their bloodline’s taste for ensemble singing, jumpy rhythm sections, funked-up guitars, horn sections, and sharp (or perhaps, simple) political messaging. Listen closer though, and Made’s record — on which he plays every single instrument, Prince-style — is a complex mutation of the Afrobeat DNA. The tunes and arrangements are more ambitious than anything Femi offers, but it’s hardly surprising considering Made’s formal musical training. TRISTAN BATH