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Femi Kuti & The Positive Force with special guest Claude Fontaine

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force with special guest Claude Fontaine

The Wall Street Theater
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Femi Kuti, The Positive Force, Claude Fontaine

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Wall Street Theater Presents FEMI KUTI & The Positive Force Featuring Mádé Kuti

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ABOUT FEMI KUTI:

The indefatigable Femi Kuti never stops presenting his dynamic and colorful shows and committed political messages, whether from his iconic New Afrika Shrine in Lagos, or from all kinds of world stages and venues.

2021 allowed him to release the double album, Legacy + on Partisan Records which was so dear to his heart.

This box set containing his latest album "Stop The Hate”, together with the very first album "For (e) ward" from his eldest son Made Kuti. Stop The Hate, radiates the unique Afrobeat sound that Femi has forged throughout his long career, affirming his sharply political convictions. The song “PaPaPa” and this album which received rave reviews from the most cuttingedge and prestigious international media, has nominated at the 2022 Grammy Awards!

Femi can’t stop giving his long shows in front of his Lagos-addicted audience who always ask for more!

On May 2017 he was referred to in the Guinness world records with a single note held on a sax and set this records at 51 min 35 seconds.

It can sometimes be difficult to understand where he draws his energy as the countless fights for social justice he carries out are exhausting. Fortunately, he met up with partners such as Global Citizen who defends the same causes and who recently broadcast his concert from The New Afrika Shrine as part of the 24-hour global concert they gave to the entire planet in September 2021.

Throughout the last few years, we have been able to watch Femi Kuti perform live from Cairo's stadium in front of millions of viewers, singing the official song of the African Cup of Nations, or hear him programmed alongside Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran, while also seeing his name alongside heavyweights from the new Nigerian scene such as Davido, Tiwa Savage or Wizkid ...

Femi is widely in demand for many collaborations and that's how we were able to listen him on such different projects with Coldplay, the electro music producer Robert Hood, or the French Hip Hop band IAM.

For the happiness of all, Femi and his troupe, The Positive Force, plan to travel the world throughout the year 2022 with their new show, promoting Africa at its best and promising breathtaking performance, full of surprises.

Femi Kuti grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, where at 15, he started playing saxophone in his father, Fela's band, Egypt 80. He was thrown in the deep end when having to replace Fela as head of the band when Fela was arrested at the airport and jailed just before starting a US tour. From that day on he’s never looked back. In 1986 Femi formed his own band ” The Positive Force”. His first record was released in 1995 by Tabu/Motown, and has followed a long journey since where he continues to expand the diversity of his artistry on most of his albums and has received now received a total of six Grammy nominations after having released a dozen albums. In 1998, to honour his Father, he opened the “New Afrika Shrine” where the famous seven-day ‘Felabration” festival now takes place every year, around Fela’s October 15 birthday.

ABOUT CLAUDE FONTAINE:

Claude Fontaine is an American girl with a French name who never felt like she fit in anywhere she happened to call home, and one particular year she was awash in a grey London fog that matched the fog and grey in her own too-recently broken heart. While living right off Portobello Road, she stumbled into the record store down the street. And in a flash of luck (or fate) that particular record store turned out to be Honest Jon’s, a long-lived spot for records collected from the furthest edges of the world. She’d never heard those old Studio One and Trojan and Treasure Isle reggae and rocksteady and dub records before—the same records that got the Clash covering “Police And Thieves,” and the Slits sharing a bill with Steel Pulse. And she’d never heard bossa nova and tropicalia and Brazil’s incandescent música popular brasileira, either. But instantly, she understood that it was exactly and perfectly everything she didn’t know she needed: “I wandered in one day and from the first moment I was under a spell,” she says. “I was transfixed. I’d go in there daily and have them play me every record in that store probably to the point of driving them completely mad! But I had fallen in love …”

And because she loved those records so much, she decided to make a record of her own—an album singing her own love songs (with Jane Birkin-style ye-ye elan) that was itself a love song to classic reggae and Brazilian music, and an album honoring that feeling of finding a home away from home. Ferociously inspired, she demo-ed a set of songs about heartbreak and loneliness, and drafted a wish list of musicians she’d hope would help out. At the top were guitarist Tony Chin, whose playing with Althea and Donna, King Tubby, Dennis Brown and so many more very arguably defined a gigantic part of the classic reggae sound, and Airto Moreira, the Brazilian drummer whose work both solo and in collaboration with Miles Davis, Astrud Gilberto, Chick Corea, Annette Peacock and more make him an actual living legend. “A pipe dream” to chase them, she says, but still she tried.

But after diligent detective work and long chains of emails and voicemails, tracing between L.A. industry veterans and globetrotting photographers and the label that would put out her finished record—though she didn’t know that yet—she found them. Then she sent them her demos. Then they said yes. And when she finally met them that day in Chet Baker’s old studio (“A time warp,” she adds dreamily) or at King Size in northeast L.A. and she heard her songs the way she’d been hearing them in her head for so long, she was was overcome with emotion. “It was surreal and magical,” she says. “I cried. To watch those songs come to life... it’s why we do what we do.”

She finished her album in two potent sessions with Chin, Moreira and a murderer’s row of their connections—bassist Ronnie McQueen of Steel Pulse and Ziggy Marley drummer Rock Deadrick, Now Again Records guitarist Fabiano Do Nascimento, Sergio Mendes percussionist Gibi Dos Santos and Flora Purim bassist Andre De Santanna. (Trust that each of these people have credits on albums like you wouldn’t believe.) Side A is the reggae, five songs about love gone wrong that sound like they came out of Jamaica in the early 70s. Yes, “Love Street” sounds happy, but “it’s really just a fantasy,” says Claude. And side B wasn’t specifically designed to be the bossa or Brazilian side, but that’s how it worked out, closing with the spare and even haunting “Last Goodbye,” a song about the heartbreak of what could have been. All together, it’s a valentine to this special music that called out to her from the other side of the planet: “I hope this record will transport people,” she says. “I wanted it to feel like those lost records, like it got lost in the bottom bin of some world music store in London because that’s how I felt when I walked in to that record store. I wanted it to be its own world.”

And because she loved those records so much, she decided to make a record of her own—an album singing her own love songs (with Jane Birkin-style ye-ye elan) that was itself a love song to classic Reggae and a time warp into history. From recording at Chet Baker's legendary old studio in Hollywood to working with a foundation of musicians that helped define an entire genre; guitarist Tony Chin (King Tubby, Dennis Brown, Lee Perry, Jackie Mittoo, Max Romeo, King Jammy, Sly & Robbie), bassist Ronnie 'Stepper' McQueen of Steel Pulse and Ziggy Marley drummer Rock Deadrick.

All together, it’s a valentine to this special music that called out to her from the other side of the planet: “I hope this record will transport people,” she says. “I wanted it to feel like those lost records, like it got lost in the dusty bottom bin of some world music store in London because that’s how I felt when I walked in to that record store. I want it to be its own world.”

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For this performance, proof of vaccination or a negative PCR COVID test, taken no more than 72 hours prior to show date, is required for entry into the venue. Face masks are not required, but they are recommended to be worn in the theater. This policy is subject to change. Please check individual shows as our policies may change depending on additional mandates from the artist’s touring manager. If you are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, please stay home. We welcome you to join us again in the future.

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