Global Notes Smackdown: Which Kuti has the better album?

June 8, 2011

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Femi Kuti's latest album is Africa for Africa.

Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti died in 1997 but his two sons, Femi and Seun, have carried on his musical legacy. Both brothers recently released new Afrobeat albums.

Jerome likes Femi’s Africa for Africa; Radio M and midday host Tony Sarabia prefers Seun’s LP From Africa with Fury: Rise. On today's Global Notes, we bring you a Brothers Kuti smackdown.

We want listeners to decide whose new album is the Afrobeat champion. To weigh in, call our 24-hour hotline at 312.948.4880. Make sure to leave your name, phone number and reason for your choice. You can also send us an email at worldview@wbez.org. Make sure to put "Global Notes" in the subject line. We'll feature our favorite responses on next week's Global Notes.

  Tracklist

  1. Tony's mashup of Seun and Femi Kuti

  2. African Soldier – Seun

  3. E No Good – Femi

  4. Mr. Big Thief – Seun

  5. The Good Leaf – Seun

  6. Boys Dey Hungry for Town – Femi

  7. Nobody Beg – Femi