1. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80: "Rise"


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    Label: Knitting Factory Records / Because Artist: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 Song: "Rise" Production Company: The Wilderness Directors: Juliet Rios & Gabe Imlay Choreography: Maija Garcia Co-Directors: Juliet Rios, Gabe Imlay Executive Producer: Felix S. Cabrera Co-Editors: Juliet Rios, Gabe Imlay Visual FX Director: Aldo Gonzalez Choreography: Maija Garcia Wardrobe: Cecilia Marta Art: Maya Hayuk PAs: Alex Vissardis, Christian Owens, Willie Russel

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    • Fela! the Musical official After Party at The Shrine


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      On Wednesday, March 28th The Shrine hosted the Fela! Musical after party. The night featured live performances by CAbP (Chicago Afrobeat Project), Get Up With The Get Downs, Engochi and a live performance by the star of the Fela! musical "Sahr Ngaujah". Video by Cam Be. Music by Josh Free.

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      • REGARD SUR LE PASSE teaser


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        CLASSICA ORCHESTRA AFROBEAT featuring SEKOUBA BAMBINO and BABA SISSOKO The Anthem of the last African Emperor Almamì Samorì Toure of the Wassoulou Empire, has been passed down orally over many years by Mandingo Griots. In 1969, on the wave of enthusiasm for the independence just achieved by the majority of states in the black continent, the Bembeya Jazz National, probably the greatest African orchestra of all time, made this epic into an unforgetteable musical suite, dedicated to the then president of Guinea, Sekou Toure, Almamy’s own nephew. “Regard Sur Le Passé” is of a rare beauty and style, as well as being of unparalleled historical and artistic value and represents a milestone in the tradition of the vast people descended from the ancient Empire of Mali. Through song and music, the work tells of the heroic deeds of the leader Samory Toure, who at the end of the 19th Century was able to resist the advances of the French troops for over twenty years, representing the last bulwark before the final colonization of West Africa. The idea shines with anthropological brilliance as the European musicians draw from their native classical tradition to reinterpret the epic musical of Samory Toure, the last African Emperor. The Classica Orchestra Afrobeat has undertaken an enormous task – that of bringing to light a world cultural heritage of African oral culture. Directed by Marco Zanotti from Ravenna, Italy, the chamber ensemble is composed of a number of acclaimed and locally resident musicans who use instruments from European Classical and Baroque music, as well as that of the Italian folk tradition. to offer their own arrangement and peformance of this “epic musical”. In so doing, a common territory is created, where greatly differing concepts of “orchestra” may meet to offer a shared expression of the artistic community. In commemorating the exploits of a leader to free his own land and people from the invador, we are inevitrably reminded of a number of European Epics, also passed down through the oral or written tradition. The clashing of the two “costituent” categories of a society such as the “native” and the “foreigner”, inevitably generates tensions, suffering, art. And in this sense both the bow of the viola da gamba as well as that of the African lute are witnesses to the narration of stories, tales of love and tragedy.   Sekouba Bambino Diabate - vocals Baba Sissoko - storyteller, tamani, kamalen’goni, CLASSICA ORCHESTRA AFROBEAT: Alessandro Bonetti: Violin, Mandolin Anna Palumbo: Percussions, Accordion, Balafon Cristiano Buffolino: Percussions Cristina Adamo: Flute, Piccolo Elide Melchioni: Bassoon, Ocarina, Italian Bagpipe Fabio Gaddoni: Cello Francesco Giampaoli: Double Bass, Bass Marco Zanotti: Drums Rosita Ippolito: Viola da gamba Silvia Turtura: Oboe, English Horn Tim Trevor-Briscoe: Clarinet Valeria Montanari: Harpsichord Traditional Chant: “Keme Bourema” Original Orchestration: Bembeya Jazz National, Guinee Conakry, 1969 Arrangements: Marco Zanotti, Valeria Montanari Direction: Marco Zanotti Illustrations and visuals: Fabrizio di Baldo and Matteo Zanotti

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        • Seun Kuti @ Cully Jazz Festival


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          Fela Kuti's son, Seun Kuti, playing in Cully Jazz Festival - Switzerland. First live of his new album "From Africa With Fury : Rise". Live and interview about his music, his dad – Fela – and his political engagements. Director : Arnauld Roux Interview : Valentine Melly Redaction & translation : Christophe Zwissig

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          • See Kaleta & Zozo Afrobeat @ Highline Ballroom April 8th


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            Come check out Kaleta & Zozo Afrobeat Live @ Highline Ballroom April 8th with Seun kuti. For details like Zozo Afrobeat on Facebook!

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            • Tony Allen - Seun Kuti


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              Tony Allen, Seun Kuti And The Egypt 80 Brighton Dome 14-05-2010

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              • Glastonbury 2013 - raw footage


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                Some takes from 2013 West Holts Stage concert at Glastonbury Festival (UK) (thanks to Cate and Matteo for the footage)

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                • Black History Month Poem - Seun Fabunmi University of East London student


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                  Black History Month Poem performed by Seun Fabunmi entitled "What does it mean to be black?" for BHM08. This poem was one of three winners of a BHM poem writting competition at the University of East London

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                  • SHRINE ON YOU, FELA - dvd


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                    Video documentary by Catia Tramacere filmed during the recording session of "Shrine on You, Fela goes classical" (Sidecar/Brutture Moderne/Goodfellas, 2011) Teatro Comunale, Russi (RA), Italy - dec 2010

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                    • Seun Kuti in L.A. - Summer 2011


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                      My high school and college days in the late 60s to late 70s were nurtured on Fela's music and my children've been raised on his music to some extent. It was thus a huge treat to see Seun, Fela's son, in Los Angeles July 2011 with Keji and Tolu (Ola being out of state).

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