Tag Archive for Robert Glasper

Seun Kuti – The Funk It Interview

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 - Bloomington, Indiana @ The Bluebird

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 blazed through southern Indiana on their current tour of the United States, stopping at the 250 capacity Bluebird Nightclub last Friday. Their act was in top form, performing their entire new album, A Long Way To The Beginning, as well as the Fela Kuti composition V.I.P. (Vagabonds In Power).

I sat down with Seun after the show to discuss the current state of afrobeat music, walking in his father’s footsteps with the Egypt 80 band, and working with Robert Glasper on the new album. Check out the video interview, plus a few songs and a 16 minute monologue/rant right here on Funk It…

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – The Funk It Interview 9/12/14 Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 - Bloomington, Indiana @ The Bluebird

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Part 1 of 6) Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird
IMF (International Mother Fuckers)

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Part 2 of 6) Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird
Seun speaks

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Part 3 of 6) Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird
Black Woman

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Part 4 of 6) Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird
Black Woman (continued)

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Part 5 of 6) Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird
Higher Consciousness (second half), Kalakuta Boy

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Part 6 of 6) Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird
Kalakuta Boy (continued)

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 - Bloomington, Indiana @ The Bluebird

Seun Kuti - The Funk It Interview

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I also had the pleasure of catching original afrobeat drummer and pioneer Tony Allen perform with the Chicago Afrobeat Project a few weeks ago in Chicago at a small club. I only caught the first 25 minutes before I had to high tail it to the Navy Pier to get on the Spirit of Chicago yacht with Talib Kweli and a conglomerate of funk superstars for the Fiyawrapper Battleship (but that’s a story for another day and blog post).

Tony Allen with Chicago Afrobeat Project

It appears that Tony Allen has recorded a full album with the Chicago Afrobeat Project for release next year and I was able to catch several of these new songs through my video lens…

Chicago Afrobeat Project with Tony Allen (Part 1 of 3)
8/30/2014 Chicago, IL @ Double Door

Chicago Afrobeat Project with Tony Allen (Part 2 of 3)
8/30/2014 Chicago, IL @ Double Door

Chicago Afrobeat Project with Tony Allen (Part 3 of 3)
8/30/2014 Chicago, IL @ Double Door

Tony Allen with Chicago Afrobeat Project

AUDIO: Robert Glasper Experiment & Ledisi 4/26/14 Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace

Robert Glasper Experiment - Louisville Palace

Robert Glasper Experiment
April 26, 2014
Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace
internal mics > Tascam DR-2d > WAV > CD Wave Editor (tracking) > FLAC
Location: second row, right of center
Taped by FunkItBlog

TORRENT DOWNLOAD HERE

01. Intro
02. Cherish The Day [Sade cover] >
03. Get Lucky [Daft Punk cover]
04. Let It Ride
05. Lift Off
06. Bass solo > Lovely Day [Bill Withers cover]
07. banter
08. teases (Piano Man, ???, ???, ???, Time After Time)
09. Ah Yeah >
10. ??? >
11. Calls

Ledesi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ledesi
April 26, 2014
Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace
internal mics > Tascam DR-2d > WAV > CD Wave Editor (tracking) > FLAC
Location: second row, right of center
Taped by FunkItBlog

TORRENT DOWNLOAD HERE

01. That Good Good
02. Rock With You
03. Bravo
song 4 is missing, batteries died
04. Acoustic Medley: Think Of You, Goin’ Thru Changes, Higher Than This, Stay Together
05. Anything
06. The Truth
07. Lose Control
08. Pieces of Me (cut short)
one song missing
09. Gonna Be Alright > (with Robert Glasper)
10. Alright (with Robert Glasper)
11. I Blame You

I’m not very familiar with Ledesi, mainly went to see Robert Glasper Experiment. She started out with a Beyonce-like bang with background dancers and all. Not what I expected but definitely entertaining. I can only imagine the record label pressures for her to cash in on this style of music. Throughout the course of the set I quickly realized that she has an amazing voice with amazing control, but she is also very humerous, a great performer, and full of old school soul.

Song 4 is missing because my batteries died, a shame since it was an old school soul number, probably from one of her older albums. I also stopped recording in the middle of Pieces of Me to conserve batteries, since I suspected Glasper would be coming out later and I didn’t want to miss that (his Rhodes was set up on stage and left empty during all of Ledesi‘s set). Glasper did come out for 15 minutes near the end, performing their collab, Gonna Be Alright (which is actually a rework of Glasper‘s composition FTB). Glasper stayed for the next song and an outro jam with the band.

Robert Glasper with Ledesi

Common & Bilal – Like Water For Chocolate Tour – Olso, Norway (AUDIO DOWNLOAD)

Common & Bilal – Funky For You – May 16, 2000 Oslo, Norway @ BLAA

Common
May 16, 2000
Oslo, Norway @ BLAA
ECM-MS907 > MS722 > ? > CDR > EAC > MP3

MP3 DOWNLOAD LINK: Mega OR http://funkit.minus.com/mHs0JfXMr

Disc One:
1. Time Travelin’ [6:15]
2. Heat [3:05]
3. Nag Champa [2:10]
4. Invocation [1:59]
5. Respiration [3:20]
6. Dooinit [2:46]
7. Coldblooded [2:56]
8. Sex Machine [5:20]
9. freestyle [1:07]
10. Resurrection [2:51]
11. Still DRE [1:18]
12. (introducing the band) [3:03]
13. Ghetto Heaven (with Bilal) [5:33]
14. Soul Sista (with Bilal) [6:19]
15. Funky For You (with Bilal) [8:19]
16. I Used To Love H.E.R. [4:49]
17. The Light (with Bilal) [5:39]

Disc Two:
1. DJ Dumi plays around [1:40]
2. Thelonius [2:38]
3. The 6th Sense [4:32]
Encores:
4. The Love Of My Life > I Know You Got Soul > freestyle > solos > FINALE [18:48]

Common – MC
A Black Girl Named Becky:
Alan Palmer – Fender Rhodes, Congas (WDC)
Junius Bervine – clavinet (Philly)
Kevin Arthur – bass (Philly)
Deon Harold – horn (St. Louis)
Mark Colenburg – drums (St. Louis)
Deshawn Jenkins – lead guitar (Detroit)
DJ Dumi – turntables
+ special guest Bilal – vocals