A Long Way to the Beginning, the latest album from Fela‘s youngest son, is the mark of Seun Kuti really hitting his stride. With this project co-produced by pianist and composer Robert Glasper (who also appears on several tracks), Kuti is backed by the fire-and-funk, Afrobeat sounds of Egypt 80 — the band founded by his father. And guests including M1 of Dead Prez, Ghanaian-American rapper Blitz the Ambassador and German-Nigerian singer Nneka drop by.
Seun Kuti has matured into a first-rate saxophonist, and his words hit hard on financial corruption, racism and political vice, not just in his native Nigeria, but wherever he sees them festering globally. What could be more vivid, vibrant and on-point right now?