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by Tony Roma
posted 09/11/2010

Femi Kuti and Friday Arts

Niche Productions is proud to present the return of Afrobeat royalty Femi Kuti and his 14 piece strong band, The Positive Force to Australia for shows in November 2010. Returning after Womadelaide performances in 2007, Femi Kuti brings a rich lineage to the stage as son of Fela Kuti; whose awareness is at an all time high thanks to the Broadway production Fela! based on his life and music.

The eldest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, Femi was born in London and grew up in the former Nigerian capital,  Lagos. In 1977 Femi chose to move in with his father and eventually became a member of his father’s band. Like his father, Femi has shown a strong commitment to social and political causes throughout his career.

He created his own band Positive Force in late 80s and in 2001, Femi collaborated on his album Fight to Win with a number of U.S. musicians, such as Common,  Mos Def, and Jaguar Wright. A two-time Grammy nominee, Femi Kuti is recognised across the world as bridging Afrobeat with contemporary Soul and Hip-Hop and therefore increasing its appeal to a wider audience.

Following on from the tremendous success of Niche Productions tour of ‘the creator of Afrobeat’ Tony Allen in 2009 and the sold out concert from New York’s Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra in April 2010, the stage is set for Femi Kuti and his 16 strong band The Positive Force to once again blaze a trail across Australia. With hypnotic grooves, powerful horn blasts, rhythmic basslines and life affirming vocal harmonies, these shows will be the ideal way to welcome Summer. Don’t miss out!

Listen in on Arts Friday for the next two weeks for your chance to win a double pass!

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force

Saturday 20 November – The Metro Theatre, Sydney
 – Tickets on sale Friday 3 September: www.metrotheatre.com.au www.ticketek.com.au

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