Afrobeat legend Femi Kuti released his 10th studio album One People One World today. The album, which he has been working on for some years now, is a new direction for the Afrobeat legend who says he has become more optimistic about the future of the African man.
In a recent interview with the Rolling Stone magazine, Kuti said the album’s optimistic lyrical themes underscore the important way music can make politics personal and instigate social change. “I’m a father and I love my kids, so I want to give the younger generation a message of hope,” he said. “Despite all our problems, we can create greatness in our lives.”
Two singles off the album Na Their Way Be That and the title track One People One World have already been released to much critical acclaim, enjoying rave reviews from listeners on Nigerian radio stations. Speaking on the album, British Arts Journalism website The Arts Desk believes “This fiery 50-minute rant against the greedy and corrupt has more than enough to satisfy both the head and the hips”.
Femi begins a series of live performances of the album this Sunday with a command performance at the New Afrika Shrine, Lagos and the “One People One World” tour will hit other locations in the coming weeks according to his management company Chocolate City Group who say the plan is to take Femi Kuti’s brand of Afrobeat as close to fans of the legend as possible.
He and his band, Positive Force, recorded much of the album in Lagos and it is distributed in Nigeria on all major digital platforms by Chocolate City Music.