Femi Kuti’s Africa for Africa
Femi Kuti will release his new album Africa for Africa on April 12. Africa for Africa will be released through Knitting Factory Records, the same label that recently re-issued his father’s music. Africa for Africa was recorded in Afrodisia/Decca studios in Lagos, Nigeria, where Femi Kuti produced first recordings with his father as well as his breakthrough solo album, Shoki Shoki.
According to Kuti, “This recording is deliberately less produced than its predecessor, Day by Day .” The album will coincide with Amnesty’s 50th Anniversary, which will run throughout the year starting from May 28th, 2011. Jo Metcalfe, Head of Art for Amnesty, said in a statement: “Femi is the perfect artist to work with Amnesty International as we mark 50 years of campaigning for human rights. Femi’s is closely linked to our own history as his father, Fela Kuti, was taken on as an Amnesty Prisoner of Conscience in 1984, and subsequently released from prison. Femi understands the direct impact that Amnesty International has on people’s lives and is passionate about protecting and promoting human rights worldwide.”