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Afrobeat singer, Seun Kuti has come out state categorically that he does not endorse President Goodluck Jonathan. This came about after he made a statement about Buhari saying he wont vote for him, and it seems it might have been mistaken for an endorsement of Goodluck Jonath.

Here’s the statement he put out on facebook earlier today.

Please everyone disregard this news making the rounds about my position on buhari. I never told anyone not to vote for buhari. When asked I said I am not voting for anyone. Jonathan for his incompetence and buhari for personal reasons. Pressed further I told the journalist who is actually a friend until now sha that it’s personal he jailed my father an innocent man and I didn’t see him for my first 3 years suddenly that became I never saw my dad, and I said people shouldn’t vote buhari. What caught my eye is the fact that this bastards in tribune and union didn’t say nothing about not voting for Jonathan. So after all the back door approach didn’t yield any fruit they want to hijack my thots and words to support Jonathan. That’s just wrong and shows the incompetence of our media. I actually said to jail a innocent man is to be evil like hitler. Jonathan hasn’t jailed any innocent men I know of but he has let guilty ones like Abba Moro walk free which is just as sinister. Seyi I am disappointed in u and will never grant u audience again. This kind of bastardisation and manipulation is a curse on our journalism. I never said u shouldn’t vote for buhari. In fact it’s an indictment on the Jonathan regime that a man like Buhari has become the best , yes I said it ,BEST option to safe guard our nation at this moment in history. The fact that buhari looks good is a big shame to Jonathan who is the first president since Abiola the people fought and marched for his opportunity to govern and what did he do with all the sweat and blood we spilled for him in 2009? He just wanted to steal. Shame on u!!!!

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International superstar OP1 collaborates with Afrobeat sensation Seun Kuti on this latest song “Rise Again”. OP1, who recently released a single with the legendary Rakim, is proud to work with the son of the late Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti in a track that celebrates freedom and consciousness.

Watch the official video for OP1’s new single, “Rise Again” featuring Seun Kuti.

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International superstar OP1 collaborates with Afrobeat sensation Seun Kuti on this latest song “Rise Again”. OP1, who recently released a single with the legendary Rakim, is proud to work with the son of the late Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti in a track that celebrates freedom and consciousness.

Watch the official trailer for OP1’s new single, “Rise Again” featuring Seun Kuti.

Log on to http://www.op1music.com, November 11th for the premiere of OP1’s “Rise Again” video! “Rise Again” is off of OP1’s new EP 7 available on iTunes coming soon.

Afrobeat star and concious music genius Seun Kuti flew into London for some press
for his new song “IMF” . Factory78 tv caught up with him at Da Place in Woolwich
London to speak to him about his latest music video, song and album.

Seun talked about the recent birth of his daughter, international policies affecting
Nigerian daily lives, the Nigerian govt’s failure to keep its citizens safe against
terrorist group Boko Haram,why he doesn’t do that many collabos with Afropop stars
and the inspiration behind his latest body of work.

Watch this candid but very interesting interview with Seun Kuti right here:

 

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The youngest son of Nigeria’s legendary afrobeat artists Fela Kuti, Seun Kuti welcomed a baby girl yesterday in a UK hospital. The singer and his dancer/girlfriend Yetunde George Ademiluyi have been together for the past couple of years and reports are that both baby and mother are doing well.

She is soo beautiful. She can sing already!!!‘ were his words on his instagram page.

Congrats Seun!!!

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There was an uproar when Burna Boy closed the 2013 Felabration with an energetic performance wearing only his underpants as a tribute to the late afrobeats legend Fela. The ‘Like to Party’ crooner made the headlines with praises from some people while the others condemned his act. Fela’s son ‘Seun Kuti’ has aired his views on Damini’s memorable performance with Hip Tv. Watch below:

Incase you missed nude Burna Boy in action, you can watch the talked about performance here

For pictures, here

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Here is visual to Shank ‘Ghetto Remix’ featuring Seun Kuti, Kay Switch, Vector and Davido. The original song Ghetto, which has won 2 awards already; best pop video at the Nigerian Music Video Awards (NMVA) 2012 and music video of the year at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEA) 2013, Shank drops Ghetto Remix ft Seun Kuti, Davido, Kayswitch and Vector. Directed by Patrick Elis.

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Popular Afrobeat singer, Seun Kuti has asked the Federal Government to apologise to his family for the death of his grandmother, Funmilayo Kuti before considering immortalising her by putting her picture on the proposed N5000 note.

Responding to questions from fans and friends on Channels Television’s hangout via Google+, Seun Kuti said his grandmother was murdered by the Federal Government.
“She was murdered by the Federal Government, her house was burnt down on that same day, two of her children were brutalised, almost killed on that same day and the family have not receive any apology or compensation, most especially justice for such atrocity,” he said.

He said that the decision to put her mother’s picture on the proposed N5000 note after 50 years of her death is “ludicrous to say the least.”

When asked what kind of justice his family is demanding, Seun Kuti said: “First, the Federal Government has to accept that they were the cause of her death. The official statement that they are still giving us is that she was murdered by 1, 000 unknown soldiers who stormed the Kalakuta Republic.”

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Nigerian super star performer Seun Kuti and youngest son of Afrobeat legend late Fela Kuti was scheduled to perform on the last night of music showcase during the New world Nigeria event holding in Stratford London. Due to late scheduling and no fault of his own, the renowned saxophonist who was the headline act got on stage an hour later than expected but was determined to fulfil his hour long set to his fans. From the minute his performances started and the adoring fans couldn’t help but get on their feet dancing to the songs the security guards at the Theatre were quick to move in asking the fans to sit down and remain sited. Noticing what was going on, Seun Kuti spoke up reiterating his reasons for being on stage was to please his fans asking the audience to get up on their feet and rock on. This led to a rapturous applause from the entire auditorium leaping to their feet with joy. Once this happened, the security guards moved in and Seun Kuti stopped the music saying “I am here to make my fans dance, if they are not going to be allowed to do this then I will not perform”. Instantly one security guard jumped on stage to ask that Seun Kuti stopped performing and the show was cut short.

Watch Factory78tvs coverage of what went on after the incident right here.

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Haven’t never heard anything Seun Kuti has ever done, I was pretty stoked when the boss asked me if I will be interested in  representing Jaguda at the concert. After an awful experience in Nigeria, with me not being able to enter a concert as promised, I was a little hesitant though, but still I called up the homie “D” and we headed out.

I was sick all day, so we headed out late, getting in with absolutely no problems as Seun Kuti and the Egypt 80’s band start to perform. Before I go on let me just say this, except you are guaranteed that there will be seating room for everyone, never wear heels to a  concert, especially once you know you are going to be late. I was on my feet for all 2hrs in 5inch heels and the Nigerian in me (unlike the American lady besides me who removed her top and was only in a bra) would not let me take it off. It was not pretty.

The first thing you notice is that there were very few Nigerians there, the place was packed and overflowing but mostly with Whites, Asians, Indians and tons of other races. They were young and old, of different shapes and from different countries and they were loving it. Note that this is not such a NY event where anyone can come in, you pretty much had to have known, wanted to come and then paid for your ticket to attend. They were also clearly oblivious to more than 80% of the lyrics and yet they were happy and dancing and vibing to each sound. I mean I have been to see Fela on Broadway and I saw them go crazy, but that I could understand, it was after all FELA ANIKULAPO KUTI. But this was Seun and I would have thought the lesser known of the Kuti’s and boy was I wrong.

He started off the concert with a popular track of his late father – Zombie, which if you have ever seen the video, involves a lot of “Theatrics” and he embodied it every step of the way. Then he took us through his last album From Africa with Fury: Rise performing “Slave Masters” “You Can Run” “Rise” “The Good Leaf” and “Mr Big Thief”. Most notable of those was “Mr Big Thief” which sees him calling out our late president (amongst other things) Olusegun Obasanjo a Big Thief. It’s a bold song, and he made so much sense. I laughed so hard understanding what he was saying in Yoruba, and some of those around me looked at me with envy because they would have loved to understand it, I could only smile.

Another notable perfomance was “The Good Leaf” which is a song that he calls “his advocate for marijuana”. He argues that, since its a natural occurrence that God put on earth to make us happy in the midst of other natural occurrences that kill thousands of people like “earth quakes” and “tornadoes”, the government has no right to sanction it. That made everyone hype and that was probably the loudest the room ever got. You know folks don’t be playing with their weed. With that said you already know I copped this album right? Its pretty great stuff and I am glad I got a chance to see him do this live.

He also performed “African Problems” from the 2008 album Seun Kuti & Fela’s Egypt 80 which according to him was the first time he had actually ever performed it ( although I’m sure he meant it was a new song on his set for the tour) and it was without doubt my best song and performance of the night. You really ought to hear this.

Now obviously there is something to be said for the fact that he plays with his dad’s band and they are a great band. I really liked the fact that he gave most of the instrumentalists a one minute solo performance. He also had two lovely dancers with him and they did some phenomenal things with their ass. But with all that said, Seun himself is a remarkable performer, entertainer, instrumentalist and he’s just like his dad. I unfortunately never heard his dad perform but as someone with a dad that loved him so much and had tears in his eyes when he got a box set of all his work as a gift, I’ve always thought none of his son’s ever did him justice. Its why I never listened to Seun cos I felt like more than Femi, he was really trying to copy his dad. Is there a resemblance there? Absolutely, but I think you can also see that he is himself out there. He is in my opinion better than his older brother Femi, although I am yet to see Femi perform live, but even the random strangers I spoke to from the Netherlands, who had also seen him perform over there and now got a chance to see him in New York and have seen Femi perform concurred.

That’s the thing about stereotypes, they are almost always unfounded. The one white woman who I walked by who was gushing about him saying “he is just a normal guy” made me laugh so hard, because I was wondering why she would think that he was not normal. But she probably is not as bad as me, who seemed somewhat surprised that he was very well spoken and educated and funny. I guess my point being that at the end of the day, GOOD MUSIC, trumps all and what Seun Kuti does is Great Music that I am proud of. Proud he is a Nigerian, proud he is able to pull a diverse crowd and still stay true to being African and proud and happy that he is successful doing that. Its truly a good look.

He is still on tour till the end of the month so if he is in your city, make sure to check him out. Its definitely worth your money.

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In New York this weekend? Here is an event definitely worth checking out. Seun Kuti the son of legend Fela Kuti will be performing in New York alongside his dad’s famous band, Egypt 80.

Seun Kuti & Fela’s Egypt 80
Opening Act(s): Zozo Afrobeat, DJ Rich Medina
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Showtime @ 8:00 PM
Doors open @ 7:00 PM
Tickets $25 in advance, $30 day of show

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Storm 360 is proud to associate with SPINLET, as they make history at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2012. Dubbed as the world’s leading music industry event, The SXSW Music and Media Conference will for the first time in 25 years Showcase music talents from Africa made possible by Spinlet. SXSW 2012 will showcase roughly 2,000 musical acts from around the globe, representing well over 50 different countries, on over 90 stages in downtown Austin. Texas from March 13-18, 2012.

“I am thrilled that Spinlet has taken the initiative to deliver this showcase, it is a significant investment in some of the greatest contemporary talents out of the continent and you can be sure the Africans will rock the house. As we push our content globally it is critical that we get access to these major festivals and we are grateful to Spinlet for making this possible and also to Ngozi Odita from Society Hae who did much of the behind the scenes work to set up the panels, showcase and who has been an incredible advocate for the African presence at SXSW 2012, Rock On!” Obi Asika, CEO Storm 360

The Spinlet Africa showcase is from Thursday 15th to Friday 16th March, 2012.The Confirmed performance schedule is as stated below.

The biggest stars representing 5 countries.

Thursday, March 15

Copa – 217 Congress Avenue
8pm – 2am

Chief Boima (Sierra Leone)
Sauti Sol (Kenya)
Just A Band (Kenya)
Spoek Mathambo (South Africa)
Baloji (Congo)
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria)

Friday, March 16

Beso Cantina – 307B W. 5th
10pm – 2am

Bez (Nigeria)
Naeto C (Nigeria)
M.I (Nigeria)
Blitz the Ambassador (Ghana)
2Face (Nigeria)

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The MOBO Awards (Music Of Black Origin) has been going strong for the past 16 years, and this year as previous years we have the privilege of having some of our very own nominated in the Best African Act category. Seun Kuti, WizKid & Dbanj are nominated this year.

Also nominated in this years MOBO awards are Adele, Beyonce, Brumo Mars, Nikki Minaj, Rihanna, Jessie J, and Ceelo Green amongst others.

This year’s edition will also feature a special performance from legendary group, Boyz II Men, to celebrate 20 years of music.

Here is the full list of nominees

 

Best U.K. Act

Adele
Chase & Status
Chipmunk
Example
Jessie J
Katy B
N-Dubz
Wretch 32
The Streets
Tinie Tempah

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Best Newcomer

Alex Clare
Ed Sheeran
Emeli Sande
Jamie Woon
Jessie J
Loick Essien
Maverick Sabre
Rizzle Kicks
Yasmin
Wretch 32

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Best U.K. Hip-Hop/Grime Act

Giggs
Rizzle Kicks
Tinie Tempah
Wiley
Wretch 32

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Best Video

Chipmunk feat. Chris Brown – “Champion”
Jessie J – “Do It Like a Dude”
Rizzle Kicks – “Down With The Trumpets”
Tinchy Stryder feat. Dappy – “Spaceship”
Wiley – “Numbers In Action”

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Best International Act

Alexis Jordan
Aloe Blacc
Beyonce Knowles
Bruno Mars
Cee-Lo Green
Jason Derulo
Nicki Minaj
Rihanna
Snoop Dogg
Wiz Khalifa

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Best Song

Adele – “Someone Like You”
Chase & Status feat. Tinie Tempah – “Hitz”
Jessie J – “Do It Like a Dude”
Tinie Tempah – “Wonderman”
Wretch 32 – “Traktor”

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Best Album

Adele – “21”
Chase & Status – “No More Idols”
Jessie J – “Who You Are”
Katy B – “On a Mission”
Tinie Tempah – “Disc-Overy”

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Best U.K. R&B/Soul Act

Adele
Dionne Bromfield
Marsha Ambrosious
Mike Hough
Omar

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Best Reggae

Alborosie
Damian Marley & Nas
Jah Cure
Khago
Mavado

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Best Jazz Act

Denys Baptiste
Gwilym Simcock
Kairos 4tet
Matthew Halsall
Usonic

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Best African Act

Cheikh Lo
D’Banj
Fatouma Diawara
Liquideep
Owiny Sigoma Band
Seun Kuti
SMOD
Spoek Mathambo
Vieux Farka Toura
Wizkid

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Best Gospel Act

Bobby Bovell
Four Kornerz
Jayess
Junor Garr
Triple O

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