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Deceptively bright dance music about life in a polarised military kleptocracy, Afrobeat ought to be the soundtrack for the new century.

In practice, though, it requires a massively charismatic frontman; so welcome back Seun Kuti, whose new album satirically shrinks his home continent to an aeroplane flight to an unknown destination with a ‘white pilot’, pours vituperation on the IMF, and incites a riot on ‘African Smoke’.

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A Long Way To The Beginning


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