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Femi Kuti Addresses Corrupt Government In His 10th Studio Album

In his 10th studio album, Afro-beat icon Femi Kuti has again proven himself to be in utter control of his art and to still be bursting with the desire to create conversations with it.  The 12-track project, a result of years of hard work released under Knitting Records features a blend of music that is both driving and alternative and most importantly intentional about prompting communal transformations.

The album titled One People, One World sums up to a total duration of 51 minutes and alternates between being a downright demand for a revolution, a delicate monologue of an infuriated citizen and a subtle plea for change to those that be.

It would seem by now and for a cause his father so dedicatedly fought for that the music icon would perhaps have grown a little apathetic to such movements, but the reverse is the case as the son of the Afro-beat legend is through his music reminding us that equity is something that should always be fought for, regardless of how long.

In Na their way be that which is the second single from the album, the artiste employs a blend of harmonious horn music and groovy drums to explain the psychology behind corrupt people, apprising us in a quite concerned tone that this really is their way of doing things. This is further expressed in the graphic art for the song in which Kuti stares from a vantage point and with evident disdain sprawled across his face at some heavily suited men representing the lawmakers.

Speaking to Rolling Stone about the creation, Kuti says,”I’m a father and I love my kids, so I want to give the younger generation a message of hope,” he said. “Despite all our problems, we can create greatness in our lives.”




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Caleb Somtochukwu Okereke

Caleb Somtochukwu Okereke

Senior Editor working out of East Africa.

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Femi Kuti Addresses Corrupt Government In His 10th Studio Album

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