Today, June 21, Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80 return with Seun’s sophomore album, From Africa with Fury: Rise. Produced by Brian Eno, John Reynolds, and Kuti, with additional production by Godwin Logie, and mixed by John Reynolds and Tim Oliver, the mighty new From Africa With Fury: Rise captures Seun and Egypt 80’s extraordinary power, fraught with the scorching rhythms and kinetic funk energy that has earned the band – as ever, under the leadership of alto saxophonist Lekan Animashaun – worldwide acclaim as one of today’s most incendiary live acts. The original album artwork was created by famed Fela Kuti artist, Ghariokwu Lemi, and the animated version above was provided by Mr. Dormouse from Animated Albums.
Born in 1983, Seun first began performing with Egypt 80 at the age of nine, warming up audiences with renditions of his father’s songs. After Fela’s death in 1997, Seun stepped up to the front of the band, leading the celebrated combo as both lead vocalist and saxophonist. While his father’s influence cannot be understated, Kuti was determined to cut his own distinctive musical path, incorporating contemporary influences into the traditional Afrobeat approach.
Seun Kuti has also released the music video for the track “Rise”, off the new album. The Juliet Rios & Gabe Imlay-directed video finds Seun leading his band, surrounded by dancers from the FELA! Broadway musical. Throughout the clip, Seun carries forward his father’s protests, imploring Africa to “rise up,” while dancers push against walls adorned with drawings of diamonds, soldiers & mosquitoes.