GIG PREVIEW: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 Leeds Church 21st March

Leeds promotors appear to be massively upping their game when it comes to booking live acts for 2017. SUPERFriendz are consistently booking class acts. Alongside some of the big names (De La Soul/Kamsai Washington) they’ve got a sharp ear for the up and coming (Cosmo Pyke). Local heroes Elements continue their strategy of collaborations to bring dynamic and interesting acts to Leeds (Acorn Tapes for example) and the Brudenell remains one of the best and most diverse venues in town – Soul Rebels booking THABO is already up there amongst the best gigs of 2017.

And now we also have the Church – the most recent project of Back to Basics supremo Dave Beer with the expected attention to keeping party people moving with quality club nights. But they’re also not messing about with the live bookings. Case in point? Fiesta Bombarda bringing Seun Kuti and his band. This is an unmissable gig and tickets are flying out so whatever you do, don’t sleep. The saxophonist, singer and bandleader who played first with his father Fela Kuti’s band never disappoints on a live stage. Fela Kuti was a figure who transformed the global perceptions of world music, whilst battling corruption and injustice in his native Nigeria, resulting in imprisonment for him and many members of his band, Egypt 80. Seun Kuti’s Egypt 80 includes many of the Afrobeat pioneers and cannot be bettered for musicianship. This band will take your breath away with the skill and precision but most of all with the energy they create. Expect a set that tears up the boundaries between hip hop, jazz, soul, funk and afrobeat and tears up the dancefloor in the process. He normally plays a selection of Fela Kuti classics, but his own back catalogue is big enough to fill several sets now.

Tickets available from Skiddle

Seun Kuti Egypt 80 Leeds Church 21st March

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