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Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, DJ Santo 

When: Sat., May 14, 9 p.m. 2011
Price: $25
The new album by Femi Kuti, Africa for Africa, sounds primarily driven by political anger. Recorded in Kuti's home country of Nigeria in the crushingly huge city of Lagos, it's the sound of a globetrotter keenly focusing his world-weary eyes on problems at home. There is talk of "Bad Government" in the song of the same name; a plea of food for the hungry and democratic change in "Dem Bobo"; he name-checks Patrice Lumumba, Nelson Mandela, and plenty others in "Make We Remember." Femi is carrying the torch, of course, and although he does not blaze the trails of his famous father Fela so much as follow their established path, his music is brimming with a contemporary urgency. Transposed against the pure, near-rapturous physicality of his Afrobeat music—again, a shadow of his father's, but we'll take it—this show will be a fiery dance party, ignited by a call to activism. NED LANNAMANN

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