Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
Seun Kuti is the youngest son of legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. At the age of nine, Seun expressed the wish to sing to his father. A short while later Seun started performing with his father and the band, until his father’s untimely death in 1997. Seun, then only 14 years old, assumed the role as lead singer of Egypt 80.
Ever since, Seun has followed the political and social ethos of his father. Along the way, he began to add his own twist to the music, digging deep into various African traditions to reflect the continent’s struggles and cultures. About three quarters of the current Egypt 80 line-up consists of musicians that not only played with Fela Kuti, but often were arrested and harassed alongside the founder of the Afrobeat movement.
Seun Kuti has toured the world and released several albums.
Colors of world culture on the canvas of African rhythms..
Sahel's multilingual lead vocalists and creator, Jean-Francis Varre, firmly believes that the African Diaspora is closely linked through its shared rhythms and melodic styles. In addition, because this heritage is commonly tied to the English, Spanish, French and Portuguese languages, he uses the music of the African Diaspora to form cultural bridges around the world. A self taught multi instrumentalist, Jean-Francis has toured with British soul icon Omar and Grammy nominated salsa orchestra Gonzalo Grau y la Clave Secreta and a variety of projects in the US, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.
Jean-Francis is joined by drummer Malick 'Papa' Diouf, bassist Stewart Bernard, vocalist (and sister) Aline Varre, percussionists Malari Moore and Jabari Exum, and guitarist Dokun Oke to form a multicultural musical team worthy of the name Sahel. The unit has built a reputation of keeping audiences dancing while seamlessly varying styles and jumping from one culture to the next.
Sahel, like the legendary land that is its namesake, is a crossroad of musical genres influenced by African culture around the globe; inspired by tradition and dedicated to the progress of music that moves the world.