Day by Day

”Do you know Fela Anikulapo Kuti?” asks the late Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer’s eldest son midway through Day by Day. It’s a rhetorical question: Anyone with even a passing interest in non-Western music is likely to be familiar with Fela’s work, and that’s not necessarily a good thing for Femi. Despite how closely he usually follows his father’s once-revolutionary formula, he’ll never quite be able to live up to that legacy. Even so, Femi’s always good for a few easy-riding horn grooves and political calls to arms that his old man would be proud of, which is more than most musicians not named Kuti can claim. B

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