Fela!, but the intensity of the late Nigerian singer’s music comes through even stronger in the work of his eldest son, Femi Kuti. Like his father and other forebears, who were teachers and activists, Femi has continued to criticize the corrupt political establishment in Nigeria. Femi’s latest album, One People One World, is a fervent cry for peace and unity. Despite their heavy subject matter, such tracks as “Evil People” and “Dem Militarize Democracy” are uplifting, festively danceable funk workouts that are pumped up by Kuti’s sunny saxophone interpolations. As a former member of his father’s band Egypt ’80, Femi witnessed firsthand how the police and military destroyed lives, yet his own music has stubbornly remained a positive social force.
The spirit of the great Afrobeat visionary Fela Kuti continues to live on in such tributes as the popular Broadway musical