When: Thu., June 19, 7:30 p.m. 2014
When Fela Kuti, the legendary father of Afrobeat music, died in 1997, his youngest son, Seun, became the leader of his band at the tender age of fourteen. Through Seun, Fela’s funk-infused Nigerian protest music continues to attract a worldwide following. In addition to performing songs from his father’s rich discography, Seun is also an adept composer. His new album, A Long Way to the Beginning, explores many of the themes Afrobeat music tends to favor — namely, corruption, inequality, and exploitation — but also incorporates modern instrumentation and weighty lyrics. Seun will perform both his own and his father’s compositions, along with his father’s Egypt 80 band, at the SFJAZZ Center (201 Franklin St., San Francisco) on Thursday.