by Gail Dee/We Want Music Without Borders
Seun Kuti and the Egypt 80 — Nigeria’s reigning King of Afrobeat returns to Chicago June 23 in the spacious yet intimate venue Promontory! (Tickets $34-22) It’s going to be a night filled with unrelenting rhythm and dancing; horns wailing triumphantly and powerful protest songs–this is what the revolution is all about. Click here to enter to win a pair of tickets and share this ticket giveaway with your friends. (yep. sharing helps YOU win) Winners will be announced by email. Touch/click on the interactive image #deelight below for videos; ticket info; background info etc.
Seun is a younger son of the Fela Kuti who created Afrobeat. Afrobeat is a syntillating mix of jazz, funk, Nigerian traditional music and more. Fela died very young. Seun has been performing with members of this father’s band the Egypt 80 since he was a teenager. He has his father’s fire in the belly and charisma. Besides doing classic jam’s of Fela like V.I.P (Vagabonds in Power) he also writes his own scorching songs with scathing commentary on the ruling corporate powers as well as those praising African women.
The Promontory is located in the “gold coast” of Hyde Park just off the bustling intersection of 53rd Street. The concert venue is on the 2nd floor and allows for seating and dancing. Promontory has a restaurant on the 1st floor and a PARKING LOT.
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