Seun Kuti - IMF ft. M1 from Dead Prez

by Thomas Gesthuizen

Seun 500

‘IMF’, the latest track by Seun Kuti (Fela’s son, if you didn’t know) is not just another modern afrobeat track. To begin with, it features Dead Prez’ M1, who released another video on the same day, the equally great ‘Be Sekou’ together with Divine. Musically the song also has a slightly punky edge and it’s more uptempo than a lot of the staple afrobeat that has been coming out lately.

The lyrics could have been written by Fela though – remember ITT (International Thief Thief, Fela’s version of the acronym to Nigeria’s telecommunications company) – here IMF stands not for the International Monetary Fund, but International Motherfucker (the Wikipedia page on IMF is a start to read about what the institution has been criticized for – perpetuating poverty instead of fighting it).

‘IMF’ is a single off Seun Kuti’s new six-track album ‘A long way to the beginning’ which was released last week (in Europe; Americans will have to wait 2 months apparently) – cop it on iTunes or pre-order the cd from Amazon.

Bookmark and Share
Facebook comments


Related articles

  • No related articles found.

Most talked about

Free downloads

  • “Remember who we are” – DJ Zhao’s NGOMA Classic 2 - Afrobeat

    Since Fela’s voice is much cooler than mine, I have switched out my intro with his, and this mix originally made to promote BlackBox number 1 has grown into a proper NGOMA release – with a few changes and much new goodness, including two wicked special edits – one of the Ethio classic by Mahmoud Ahmed (following a funktastic number by Berlin’s own Woima Collective ), and another of a very unique cosmic disco track by the techno-head Lego Welt ’s Afrocentric alter ego Nacho Patrol . Old version of this mix can still be heard here . more >

Recent Comments