10/21/08

Femi Kuti to Release ‘Day By Day,’ First New Studio Album in Seven Years

Femi Kuti (the son of Nigerian music legend Fela Kuti) is set to release Day By Day, his first studio album since Fight To Win seven years ago and first overall since the live Africa Shrine four years ago, on which he recorded early versions of three of the songs on this new album. Day By Day will be released Nov. 18 by the independent label Downtown Records’ newly launched imprint, Mercer Street.

Femi Kuti’s sabbatical from recording gave him time to learn to play piano properly and to return to the trumpet, his first instrument, which he gave up in favor of the saxophone. Kuti recorded the album with Positive Force, his 17-piece band.

Since Fela’s death in 1997, Femi, a songwriter, performer and bandleader in his own right, has brought his music to audiences that might never have heard of Fela. Femi toured America with the alt-rock band Jane’s Addiction, sang on Rachid Taha’s Made In Medina album and reached out to the American hip-hop community connecting with people such as Mos Def, D’Angelo, Nile Rodgers, Erykah Badu and the Roots.

As with all Femi Kuti releases, remixes will be released of these new tracks from internationally renowned DJs. January tour dates for Femi to be announced.

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