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Seun Kuti & Egypt 80


Star Theater Downtown
Wed., Oct. 4, 9 p.m. 2017 21+


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“Struggle people, struggle now” sings Seun Kuti, the youngest son of legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, on his 2016 record Struggle Sounds. Since the age of 14, Kuti has fronted and curated his late father’s band, Egypt 80. And he’s kept alive Fela’s undulating blend of rock ’n’ roll, jazz, funk, and traditional Nigerian music, which is often characterized as Afrobeat. His father spoke out against colonialism and government corruption, and Seun’s message of peace, solidarity, and equality is just as powerful in an age when the US President considers neo-Nazis “decent folks” and protesting NFL players “sons of bitches.” It’s easy to feel powerless in times like these, so take a cue from Kuti and, as he sings elsewhere on Struggle Sounds, “Get down with the movement.” WILLIAM KENNEDY

Star Theater

13 NW 6th, Portland, OR 97209

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  • Wed., Oct. 4, 9 p.m. 2017