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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

Lettuce, Dumpstaphunk & Bear Creek Allstars come together at Bear Creek Music Fest 2013

Bear Creek 2013

Bear Creek All Stars (Part 1 of 3) 11/16/13 Bear Creek Music Festival
Dumpstaphunk plus Eric Krasno, Nigel Hall, Ryan Zoidis, Igmar Thomas, James Casey & Skerik:
Bop Gun (Endangered Species) [Parliament cover] , Dr. Funkenstein [Parliament cover]

Bear Creek All Stars (Part 2 of 3) 11/16/13 Bear Creek Music Festival
Lettuce with Nikki Glaspie, Nigel Hall & Alecia Chakour:
Baby, I Do Love You [Greg Phillinganes cover], For My Friend [Bill Withers cover]

Bear Creek All Stars (Part 3 of 3) 11/16/13 Bear Creek Music Festival
Lettuce with Nikki Glaspie, Nigel Hall & Alecia Chakour:
Need To Understand > Jam (with Ivan Neville, then Andrew Block joins and Dave Watts swaps with Nikki, then Wil Blades swaps with Neal Evans, then Eric Vogel swaps with Jesus, then Robert Walter swaps with Ivan Neville, then Joey Porter swaps with Wil Blades, then Matt Grondin joins on guitar.)

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Lettuce - Bear Creek 2013

Lettuce 11/17/13 (Part 1 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
Mr. Yancey > Workinonit > Body Movin (J Dilla Tribute)

Lettuce 11/17/13 (Part 2 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
Salute (with George Porter Jr, Cheme Gastelum & Weedie Braimah)
Lettsanity (with Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman & Cheme Gastelum)

Lettuce 11/17/13 (Part 3 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
Do It Like You Do (with Nigel Hall, Jennifer Hartswick & Natalie Cressman), Making My Way Back Home (inc. P-Funk Do That Stuff remix) (with Nigel Hall, Jennifer Hartswick & Natalie Cressman), Encore: Madison Square

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Dumpstaphunk - Bear Creek 2013

Dumpstaphunk 11/17/13 (Part 1 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
I Know You Know (with Cheme Gastelum, ???, Igmar Thomas, James Casey & Skerik)
Raise The House (with Natalie Cressman, ???, Igmar Thomas, James Casey & Skerik)

Dumpstaphunk 11/17/13 (Part 2 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
I Wish You Would (with Natalie Cressman, ???, Igmar Thomas, James Casey & Skerik)

Dumpstaphunk 11/17/13 (Part 3 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
If I’m In Luck I Just Might Get Picked Up [Betty Davis cover], Put It In The Dumpsta

Bootsy Collins & Bernie Worrell at Bear Creek

Bootsy Collins

Saturday, November 16, 2013 went down as a huge day in Bear Creek Music & Art Festival‘s history. The main stage lineup at the Big IV Amphitheater was STACKED for nearly 14 hours. Opening at noon with the Bernie Worrell Orchestra (as seen in the videos below) and proceeding with a strong set by Galactic (including a Bernie Worrell sit-in). Elsewhere at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, festival-goers were treated to mid-day sets by George Porter Jr. & His Runnin’ Pardners, Robert Walters’s 20th Congress, and the Mike Dillon Band.

Bernie Worrell Orchestra (Part 1 of 2) 11/16/13 Bear Creek Music Festival:
So Uptight (Move On), BWO Is Landing

Bernie Worrell Orchestra (Part 2 of 2) 11/16/13 Bear Creek Music Festival:
Red Hot Momma (with Freekbass)

Bootsy Collins

As the sun set, Bootsy Collins & The Funk Unity Band took to the Big IV Amphitheater and funked and rocked us till the sun went down, as you can see and enjoy in the video clips below.

Bootsy Collins (Part 1 of 3) 11/16/13 Bear Creek Music Festival:
Ahh…The Name Is Bootsy, Baby (inc. Bootsy? (What’s the Name of this Town), Bop Gun & Give Up The Funk), The Mothership Connection Is Here > Psychoticbumpschool > The Pinocchio Theory

Bootsy Collins (Part 2 of 3) 11/16/13 Bear Creek Music Festival:
Swing Down Sweet Chariot (with Bernie Worrell)

Bootsy Collins (Part 3 of 3) 11/16/13 Bear Creek Music Festival:
Roto-Rooter, I’d Rather Be With You (inc. What’s A Telephone Bill? & Everything Good is Nasty)

After Bootsy finished his 90 minute set, the crowd looked both exhausted and invigorated (if that’s possible), and clearly ready to explore and party into the rest of the night. Only a few feet away at Uncle Charlie’s Porch Stage, the always salient and superlative MC Chali 2na hit the stage with his House of Vibe Band (albeit with Nikki Glaspie subbing on the skins). Videos coming soon, I promise.

Then it was right back to the Big IV Amphitheater for a contender for one of the absolute best sets in Bear Creek history, The Legendary Roots Crew. The Roots proceeded to burn it down for 100 minutes without pause, as evidenced in the videos here.

After The Roots, the evening continued for no less than 5 more hours with sets by Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Bear Creek All Stars (aka the annual Dumpstajam featuring members of both Dumpstaphunk and Lettuce), and a late night set by The Nth Power.

If you haven’t been to the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park or Bear Creek Music Festival to experience an exhilarating day such as this, all I can do is highly recommend such as an experience.