After participating in the 2015 Felabration festival, which is held in Lagos, Nigeria, and have shared with the Kuti family, Newen Afrobeat meets Seun in Chile, in February 2016, under the Womad festival.
This session was recorded during those days in La Makinita, playing an energetic version of the song Opposite People, with the collaboration of Cheick Tidiane and some musicians from the legendary Egypt 80 band.
Seun Kuti – Lead Vocals
Cheick Tidiane Seck – Keyboards
Francisca Riquelme – Backing vocals
Francisca Castro – Backing vocals
Macarena Rozic – Backing vocals
Enrique Camhi – Trumpet
Mauricio Sánchez – Trumpet
Klaus Brantmayer – Alto sax
Marcelo Morales – Tenor sax
Cristóbal Dahm – Baritone sax
Martín Concha – Electric guitar
Sebastián Crooker – Electric guitar
Alvaro Quintas – Bass
Tomás Pavez – Percussions
Alejandro ‘El Galita’ Orellana – Congas
Roberto Gevert – Drums
Felipe ‘Mr F’ Echavarría – Keyboards
EGYPT 80 FEAT.
Okon Iyamba – Shekere
Oladimeji Akinyele – Trumpet
Samuel Ojo David – Tenor saxophone
Adebowale Adewunmi – Baritone saxophone
Huun-Huur-Tu are a music group from Tuva, a republic of Russia situated on the Mongolia–Russia border.
The most distinctive characteristic of Huun-Huur-Tu’s music is throat singing, in which the singers sing both the note (drone) and the drone’s overtone(s), thus producing two or three notes simultaneously. The overtone may sound like a flute, whistle or bird, but is solely a product of the human voice.
The group primarily use native Tuvan instruments such as the igil, khomus (Tuvan jaw harp), doshpuluur, and dünggür (shaman drum). However, in recent years, the group have begun to selectively incorporate Western instruments, such as the guitar. While the thrust of Huun-Huur-Tu’s music is fundamentally indigenous Tuvan folk music, they also experiment with incorporating not only Western instruments, but electronic music as well.
Chyraa-Khoor (Yellow Pacer)
Konguroi (Sixty Horses in My Herd)
Mekurya was born on 14 March 1935, in Yifat, Ethiopia. He began his musical studies on traditional Ethiopian instruments such as the krar and the masenqo, and later moved on to the saxophone and clarinet. Upon reaching adolescence, he began his professional career in 1949 as a part of the Municipality Band in Addis Ababa. In 1955 he joined the house band at Addis’ Haile Selassie I Theatre, and in 1965 joined the famous Police Orchestra. He was also one of the first musicians to record an instrumental version of shellela, a genre of traditional Ethiopian vocal music sung by warriors before going into battle. Mekurya took the shellela tradition seriously, often appearing onstage in a warrior’s animal-skin tunic and lion’s mane headdress. He continued to refine his instrumental shellela style, recording an entire album in 1970, Negus of Ethiopian Sax, released on Philips Ethiopia during the heyday of the Ethiojazz movement. Mekurya continued to work alongside many of the biggest orchestras in the Ethiopian capital, accompanying renowned singers Alemayehu Eshete, Hirut Beqele, and Ayalew Mesfin.