Photos courtesy of Rameen Gasery
Seun Kuti — the youngest son of the late Nigerian Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti – brought the hard hitting rhythms of the genre his father helped pioneer to New York’s Highline Ballroom. Seun currently leads his father’s former band, Egypt 80. When Seun hit the stage at the sold-out show, he opened with a cover of Fela’s “Zombie,” a song that still is relevant to the problems in Nigeria. The majority of the songs from the set were from Seun’s 2011 release Africa With Fury, Rise. Kicking off the festivities was Jump N’ Funk founder, DJ Rich Medina and Zolo Afrobeat. Its not often that Seun comes around to the states so if and when he does come to your state, city, town, thoroughfare…what have you it would behoove you to go.
Thank you to Rameen Gasery for allowing us to use his photos. Rameen Gasery, is the personal Photographer to Smirnoff Master of The Mix DJ and Afrobeat legend Rich Medina and Stephen Hendel, Lead Producer of the Tony Award winning musical FELA! , as well as to rapper Shawn Pen. Gasery has recently released “Love Will Solve All Your Problems”, a beautiful collections of his B&W photography which you can purchase HERE. He is also the house photographer for book publisher Phaidon Press, Inc. flagship New York store in SoHo.