Seun Kuti & Egypt 80

The prince of afrobeat, a musical genre originated in the 1960s and 1970s as a blend of traditional Yoruba music with jazz, West African highlife and funk, has no peers for his showmanship and mastery.

The prince of afrobeat, a musical genre originated in the 1960s and 1970s as a blend of traditional Yoruba music with jazz, West African highlife and funk, has no peers for his showmanship and mastery.

Youngest son of the late, great Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, Seun Kuti is a true ambassador of the the afrobeat movement.

The young Seun took over the reins of his fathers legacy in 1997 as leader of his father’s band Egypt 80 after Fela’s untimely death, having performed with the band from the young age of 9.

Ever since, Seun has followed the political and social ethos of his father. Along the way digging deeper into various African traditions to reflect the continent’s struggles and cultures.

About three-quarters of the current Egypt 80 line-up consists of musicians that not only played with Fela Kuti, but often were arrested and harassed alongside the founder of the Afrobeat movement.