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Kuti, Femi / Live At The Shrine
Album:Live At The Shrine Collection:World
Artist:Kuti, Femi Added:07/2005
Label:Palm Pictures, Inc. 

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Add Date:2005-07-31 Pull Date:2005-10-02 Charts:Reggae/World
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Fo
Reviewed 2005-07-25 
FEMI KUTI – “Live at the Shrine”
Palm Pictures, 2005

Supercharged live performances by the Afrobeat heir, recorded last year in Lagos, Nigeria; this is a “bonus disc” to the concert/documentary DVD. Femi sticks close to his father’s winning formula of heavy grooves and political messages, but his own style also shows here (he’s more melodic than Fela, his arrangements have a smoother sheen, and he keeps his songs relatively short). Great stuff, as always. Play it now!

Fo’s picks: 2, 7, 9, 13… but they’re all strong!

2. 7:11 – organ intro; a strong, sweaty tune w/big horns. Excellent sax solo.
3. 4:15 – catchy melody (crowd sings along), about the power of music.
4. 4:04 – uptempo with a pop-soul feel, fine vocal & a hip-shaking beat
5. 7:35 – marginal FCCs at end: rolling groove, cool bass; weary vocals
6. 4:45 – nice vocals & backing here, lyrics have a religious theme
7. 4:31 – fast rhythms, cutting lyrics, and a great hook
8. 4:10 – slow intro; midtempo tune, walking rhythm, group chorus
9. 5:37 – fast & funky! high-energy riffs & fun vocals (growling + falsetto)
10. 6:17 – fast and busy, relatively light groove; messed up African politics
11. 6:42 – soulful, relaxed tempo: about the death of Fela in 1997, wild end!
13. 6:07 – awesome: fast & rolling like a freight train, vocals in your face
14. 5:00 – classic Fela song, somewhat faster than the original

(tracks 1 & 12 are rather odd announcements from Femi to the crowd)

[Fo] – July 2005



Track Listing
1.Introduction 8.Yeparipa
2.Dem Bobo 9.Can't Buy Me
3.Oyimbo 10.Bring Me The Man Now
4.I Wanna Be Free 11.'97
5.If Them Want To Hear 12.Intro Shotan
6.Eho 13.Shotan
7.1, 2, 3, 4 14.Water No Get Enemy