Today, Femi Kuti has shared a new song and accompanying video from his upcoming album ‘Stop The Hate’ – out Feb 5 via Partisan Records. “As We Struggle Everyday” speaks truth to power behind an infectious and driving groove, while the video (filmed by Optimus Dammy, edited by Audrey Hurtis, with illustrations by Kiki Picasso) shows scenes from around Femi’s hometown of Lagos.
Listen to the track HERE…
Femi says of the track: “As we struggle everyday is to do with how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail ”
‘Stop The Hate’ is one half of a two-album package Femi is releasing alongside his son Made Kuti, called ‘Legacy +’. Made’s album is titled ‘For(e)ward,’ and is also out Feb 5. Both albums are steeped in the tradition of Afrobeat invented by Fela Kuti (Femi’s father, and Made’s grandfather), but each also brings their own unique vision and sound . ‘Stop The Hate’ honors Fela in a traditionally fun, sharply political, and affirming way. Meanwhile ‘For(e)ward’ is a modern and progressive freedom manifesto, pushing boundaries of the subgenre even further. Made also performs every instrument on his album!
Femi has previously shared another album highlight “Pà Pá Pà,” and Made has released two tracks, “Free Your Mind” and “Your Enemy”
Read more about the story behind ‘Legacy +’ HERE in a new bio written by author + journalist Marcus J. Moore (NY Times, NPR, The Nation).
The cover art for ‘For(e)ward’ and ‘Stop The Hate’ features portraits of Femi and Made done by Brooklyn-based artist Delphine Desane, whose work was recently featured on the cover of Vogue Italia.
Femi got his start playing saxophone in his father’s band in 1979, eventually creating his own band, Positive Force. Over the next 30 years, Femi would amass worldwide acclaim as an ambassador of Afrobeat and many humanitarian organizations. Positive Force remains at the forefront of the Afrobeat movement, expanding the music’s vocabulary. Femi has earned multiple Grammy nominations, performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and festivals, and collaborated with iconic musicians across a wide array of genres, most recently Coldplay on their on their latest album ‘Everyday Life’.
Made grew up in the legendary New Afrika Shrine in Lagos, and spent much of his childhood touring with his father, playing bass or saxophone in Positive Force. Unlike his father, who didn’t formally study music, Made went to the famed Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London (the same place Fela studied, back when it was known simply as Trinity College), where he shared a musical environment with some of the most talented and disciplined musicians up-and-coming acts from the city’s underground scene.
Femi Kuti – ‘Stop The Hate’ tracklist:
1. Pà Pá Pà
2. As We Struggle Everyday
3. Stop The Hate
4. Land Grab
5. Na Bigmanism Spoil Government
6. You Can’t Fight Corruption With Corruption
7. Show Of Shame
9. Young Boy Young Girl
10. Set Your Minds And Souls Free
Made Kuti – For(e)ward’ tracklist:
1. Free Your Mind
2. Your Enemy
4. Different Streets
5. Higher You’ll Find
7. Young Lady
8. We Are Strong
The official audio for ‘As We Struggle Everyday’: