"If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be in your revolution.” The quote is attributed to early 20th-century feminist and radical Emma Goldman, but it could as easily have been uttered by Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti — or by his son Femi Kuti.
With his band, the Positive Force, the 54-year-old carries on his father’s legacy, emodying the genre’s potent mingling of rhythm and fiery political thought. Kuti and the Positive Force have been making music for three decades now, and they bring a massive, moving show. I reached him by phone in San Francisco, ahead of his July 8 KC show.
Read the entire Q&A at the Pitch. Published 6/5/16