Femi Kuti Importing Positive Performances

Nigerian activist and Grammy-nominated musician Femi Kuti and his band Positive Force are bringing their Afrobeat stylings across the Atlantic for a North American tour in July. Kuti will be bringing music from his 30-year career and a political and social consciousness that has characterized his family for generations. 

Photo: AP Photo / Sunday Alamba
"Felebration," New Afrika Shrine, Lagos, Nigeria

The first show, the only performance scheduled for the West Coast, is the High Sierra Music Festival July 3 in Quincy, Calif. Afterwards the tour moves through the South, Midwest, and Northeast, ending up at Floydfest in Floyd, Va., July 30. A good number of dates on the schedule are festivals, so concertgoers should have the opportunity to get a full day of music if they decide to go out and see Femi.

Kuti incorporates many influences into his sound and though he comes from musical royalty – being the son of African musical legend Fela Kuti – he has developed a sound that is his own and has built a following around the world.

Like his father, who was known for attempting to run for President of Nigeria, and his grandmother, who led the women’s rights movement in Nigeria, Femi’s work strongly incorporates social and political commentary, albeit without many of the associated controversies of Fela. Femi Kuti is currently serving as an Ambassador for Amnesty international and has been openly critical of political corruption in Nigeria.

Here are the dates for the upcoming tour:     

July 03 — Quincy, Calif., Plumas County Fairgrounds
July 09 – St. Louis, Mo., The Ready Room
July 10 — Milwaukee, Wis., Henry Maier Festival Park       
July 14 – Omaha, Neb., Slowdown 
July 15 – Minneapolis, Minn., Cedar Cultural Center
July 16 – Madison, Wes., Majestic Theatre
July 17 — Louisville, Ky, Louisville Waterfront Park
July 21 – Cleveland, Ohio, Beachland Ballroom
July 22 — Oro-Medonte, Canada, Burl’s Creek Event Grounds
July 24 — Camden, N.J., BB&T Pavilion
July 26 – Boston, Mass., Brighton Music Hall
July 27 – Brooklyn, N.Y., Brooklyn Bowl
July 29 – Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
July 30 — Floyd, Va., FloydFest

More information on upcoming shows can be found on his official Facebook page.