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Femi Kuti

Femi Kuti

1995

Femi Kuti
Album Summary

Femi Kuti is the third album by Nigerian musician Femi Kuti released in 1995. It was released on Motown's Tabu Records label. The album introduced Femi Kuti and afrobeat to an international audience.

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Rating

3.22

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Genres

  • Pop
  • World

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Mon May 10 2021
5

Expected nothing, got everything. Awesome fucking record.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

It's not an album you could put on any time, any day. But at the right time this is awesome. For me that was making breakfast on a Sunday morning and this had me bouncing around the kitchen.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

hard, if not impossible, to compare his work to his father's. his shadow looms large but this is still worth a listen! fav track: changes

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

When you're the son of one of the most revolutionary musicians of the second half of the 20th Century, it's best to be aware of the massive sized shoes that would hopefully be filled but Femi Kuti's self-titled does all that and then some. Bringing, and refining, his father's penchant for lengthy jams about societal and personal issues into the 90s (atrocious album cover aside), this over an hour long collection gives the listener an understanding of who Femi is and what he could be capable of, regardless of the knowledge of who preceded him. The songs may be long but the grooves are undeniable and the pedigree beyond worthwhile.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
3

Refreshing album that I’ve always wondered about. It would be beautiful to see him at a festival. Not sure I’d ever choose this album again but I appreciated nonetheless

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Tue Dec 06 2022
5

I didn't even notice the songs were 9 minutes long because I was having so much fun

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

Think if Earth, Wind and Fire were from Nigeria. A great jazz-funk album all around. Lots of fun, infectious grooves, and top talent to boot. Who knew listening to a sax-led band could be so much fun?

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Tue Aug 10 2021
4

Not generally a world music fan, but the debut album by Femi Kuti is an absolute monster. A tour de force os musicianship, with Femi’s voice and sax playing leading the way. The call and response at the end of “Frustrations” between Femi’s sax and the percussion is a highlight. Loved it all the way through!

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

great album with great sounds. The tunes slap hard. solid 9/10

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Tue May 25 2021
5

Funky, groovy Jazz. Hooks you in with the first couple of beats and doesn't let go!

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Tue Dec 06 2022
5

Nothing else I can say other than this album will exceed every expectation you may or may not have

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Tue Dec 06 2022
5

Not going to lie, this slaps. Fantastic, really fun, amazing

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

At first it just made me want to listen to Fela. But after a bit I really got into it.

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Mon Jul 17 2023
4

Wow, this is fantastic! Superb performances, so expressive, and such a nice blend of styles and ideas. I'll bet it's great to see him play live.

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Thu Aug 24 2023
4

This album is really cool! I it's full of cool rhythms and groovy sax. It also feels like experiencing a new culture through the music alone. The song, Frustration, makes me feel like I am playing as Knuckles in Sonic Adventure 2 haha. Favorite track: Frustration and Survival

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Sun Oct 01 2023
4

So funky and groovy. The music is uplifting and danceable while the lyrics are political. Very glad to be introduced to this artist. Favorite tracks: Frustrations, Plenty Nonsense, Live for Today

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Fri Jan 19 2024
4

Interesting, very African sounding, fun, different genre to the rest of the albums really

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Thu Aug 24 2023
3

Vibes. At first glance, I had thought this was going to be a Fela Kuti album (who also has some banging music), but was pleasantly surprised to find someone new in the genre. The orchestration is superb and I found myself getting quite pumped up as I listened to it during a workout. I'm a sucker for some saxophone and he can really rip. There is enough genre bending across the album to hold your attention and he does so without losing the core sound. Overall, a great time but I don't know how often I would go looking for it to listen. Stand out track: Survival

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Thu Sep 28 2023
3

Wonder Wonder - 7.5/10 Survival- 7.5/10 Frustrations - 8/10 Nawa - intro - 7.5/10 Nawa - 8/10 Plenty Nonsense - 8/10 Stubbor problems - 7.5/10 No Shame - 8/10 Live for Today - 8/10 Changes - 8/10 TOTAL - 78/100

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Thu Jan 25 2024
3

Interesting. Clearly solid music. But not for me really

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Thu Feb 25 2021
2

Clearly talented but totally not my thing

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Tue Nov 02 2021
2

I liked the Fela Kuti album better by his dad I think. This one was ok but got a bit repetitive

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

I thought this was older, but it still was funky as fuck

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Thu Jul 29 2021
5

Gran álbum, aunque no sé si es legit musica 'africana' (etiqueta abarcadora) o como entendemos a veces desde otros polos la música africana. De cualqueir forma, canciones largas, pero nunca aburridas. Bien hechas, amé todo. Mis favoritas: "Nawa" y "Stubbor Problems". 10/10

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Sat Aug 21 2021
5

Very fun album! "Afrobeat" I believe is the correct term. Cool African jazz. Loved it!

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Tue Oct 26 2021
5

Erg dansbare muziek, leuk met de saxofoon ertussen. Heel hard van genoten

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

Afrobeat realness - inject it into my veins

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

Amazing album and body of work

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

No expectations and found it very enjoyable. Always enjoyed having a horn section. Ended up listening to a lot of his other stuff. I’m glad I’m listening to these

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

Great album. What I always imagined afro jazz could be at its best.

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Tue Mar 29 2022
5

Das hat mir ziemlich gut gefallen, ich war auch überrascht wie konsistent das über die lauflänge ist. Aber das hat einfach richtig schön sommerliche vibes und macht brutal gute Laune obwohl die Texte teilweise nen ganz anderen Ton anschlagen. Gerade in einer so volatilen Situation wie Nigeria in den 90ern ist das Album aber total symptomatisch, also bzgl der zeitlichen Distanz zum Bürgerkrieg, anhaltenden ethnischen Konflikten, aber auch Aufbruchsstimmung und Hoffnung für die Zukunft. Genau das findet sich hier alles wieder, also es wird nicht explizit ausgesprochen aber gerade in dem tollen „Frustrations“ kommt dieser Spirit total zur Geltung. Super Album!

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Mon Jul 04 2022
5

A great afrobeat, funky, jazzy af album. Great stuff!!

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

This album is a real fun listen. I love the jazz and big band elements mixed with the Afrobeat

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

Wow! What a fun album to listen to! Each track was awesome and so different! I’ve never listened to anything like it.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

So awesome. A lot like his father's music, but more structured and more modern production.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

Hooked within first 5 seconds,.didn't let up

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

Decent lots of instruments reminds me of jazz idk good vocals but with ok lyrics I like changes and frustration

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

Never heard of this before but I think it's brilliant

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

Do you like jams? Do you like bitching jams? Do you like bitching afro pop jams? Well...

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

Always here for Afrobeat. Fela Kuti A+ Femi Kuti A+

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

Amazing album with a lot of Soul/Funk/Jazz elements. Great use of the percussion and the album has a good energy!

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Tue Dec 13 2022
5

Fenomenaal lekker album, kan zo een paar keer op repeat en dan mag het nog wel doorgaan. Femi is de zoon van afrobeat legende Fela Kuti, en het duidelijk te horen dat die alles mee heeft gekregen. Voor de nieuwe leden in de groep echt een aanrader!

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Tue Dec 13 2022
5

Jaaaaaa daar is ‘ie dan, m’n eerste 5 sterren!!!! Ik had alleen maar durven dromen dat er een afrobeat album tussen zou zitten en wat een banger!! Deze komt in de standaard rotatie

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Sun Feb 05 2023
5

Love this! Gets me moving every time.

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Wed Feb 08 2023
5

I was very pleasantly surprised by this album. Give it a listen, it's worth it

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Mon Feb 13 2023
5

So good. I love stumbling upon stuff like this that I'd never usually listen to, and Femi's family history is nothing short of incredible. It's an uplifting, energetic, politically switched-on and occasionally very funny album.

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Fri Feb 17 2023
5

More Kuti is just what I needed.

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Mon Feb 27 2023
5

Surprisingky brilliant. What an album. An essential record.

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Mon Feb 27 2023
5

Great. Easily listen-to-able, band's tight, what could you dislike?

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Tue Mar 07 2023
5

Astounding. 5 stars. His dad weould be proud.

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Tue May 02 2023
5

At femi kuti var så bra, like under nivået til sin egen far, er sjukt imponerende og fett!

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Thu May 04 2023
5

Great Afro-pop. Had no idea he was Fela's son, totally thought I was being reductive by thinking they sounded very similar. I swear Gorillaz sampled the riff from Survival in one of the Demon Days songs (maybe La Manana?)

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Fri May 05 2023
5

Do you want to get up and smile and dance for an hour? Put this on.

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Fri May 26 2023
5

This is so different to anything I would normally listen to. But it's a party. Such a fun album, will definitely listen again.

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Thu Jun 29 2023
5

I don't actually know this album but it's Femi Kuti so I'd gonna be good!1

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Thu Sep 07 2023
5

I liked it. Singer has a Harry Bellefonte vibe going for him. Would listen again

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Thu Sep 07 2023
5

While slightly more vocal, Femi Kuti is clearly following in the footsteps of his father, Fela Kuti.

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Thu Sep 07 2023
5

This one took me by surprise. I was expecting some awful tribal world music but this is reminiscent of the best soul/funk of 70s America. Amazing album.

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Mon Oct 02 2023
5

Very nice record! I didn’t know him before but it’s simply feel good music.

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Thu Oct 05 2023
5

That was brilliant. So much joy and diversity in each song. The liberal use of horn sections was *chef's kiss*

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Fri Oct 13 2023
5

Have not ventured into Fela's son. I'm excited... Well very similar to Fela. 5/5

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Sun Nov 05 2023
5

Am a huge Fela Kuti fan so naturally loved this. Interesting to hear classic Afrobeat with signature 90s production, and Femi manages to mark his own style on his fathers legacy.

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Sun Nov 19 2023
5

Never heard of this artist but a really great afrobeat album. Excellent.

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Mon Nov 27 2023
5

Greatest live show I've ever seen! The one song 30 minute encore covering his father's song Water No Get Enemy was magical! Looking forward to listening to this again, it's been too long! Great feel to this, a lot of energy and the right amount of political outrage! Doing his father proud! Band tight as hell songs just fucking go!

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Mon Dec 04 2023
5

I had never heard of Femi Kuti before, but what a way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. Hypnotic African beats with healthy doses of jazz and funk.

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Thu Dec 21 2023
5

Not just walking in his father's footsteps, but SPRINTING.

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Thu Dec 21 2023
5

Great rhythms and impossible not to bop your head to everything

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Sun Dec 24 2023
5

10/10 I’ve been a fan of Fela Kuti’s Zombie album for a long time; it’s really cool knowing his son is just as talented

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Thu Dec 28 2023
5

I actually listen to this album frequently. I really enjoy it. I love those African beats.

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Sun Dec 31 2023
5

loooved it. was such a surprise, i wasn't expecting this to be such a banger of an album.

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Sun Dec 31 2023
5

Absolute bop. I had never heard of this artist before but I will definitely be listening again!

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Wed Jan 03 2024
5

Phenomenal record, had me grooving the whole time. Very much influenced by the sound of his father but elevated and updated with an incredibly heavy horn section and some great incorporations of synths/organs. Top tracks: Wonder Wonder, Survival, Frustrations, Nawa, No Shame, Live For Today

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Fri Jan 12 2024
5

Great! You can hear the influence of his dad, but it doesn’t feel derivative.

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Wed Jan 31 2024
5

Loved the beats on this one!! I danced in the kitchen while I was cooking it was heaven!!

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Mon Feb 05 2024
5

This is an album I won't soon forget. Incredible music, just incredible. Time went by so fast as I worked with this album in my ears. I was grooving and dancing all the way through. I don't know when next I might listen to this again, but this has definitely been my favorite album in my music discovering journey so far. I think I'd prefer to give it a 4.5 but I can't so I'll let it be a close 5.

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Mon Feb 12 2024
5

Albums like this are why I wanted to to through this list in the first place. I don't think I would ever find this on my own, but I love it and can't wait to listen again. The energy and joyous performances hit you right in the face, but the vocals and lyrics also hit you in the face for a competent different reason. I'm sold and I want to drive more into Femi's stuff now.

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Sun Feb 25 2024
5

The sax sure is saxy. A real snarky puppy bug band jazz sound 5

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