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San Francisco Classical Voice 'FebruaryBest' features Seun Kuti with Egypt 80 at Brick & Mortar

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The shortest month of the year is long on musical offerings. I could easily triple the number of events on this list and still end up leaving off shows I'll mourn missing. But to live is to choose, and without the excuse of a polar vortex to stay inside, sally forth and experience at least a taste of the Bay Area's sonic smorgasbord.

The youngest son of the late Afrobeat progenitor Fela Kuti, saxophonist Seun Kuti has seized his father's mantle as a dauntless musical tribune challenging the powers that be in Nigeria to uplift the people of Africa's most populous nation. Touring with Fela's former band Egypt 80, he plays two nights at San Francisco's Brick & Mortar, centering on music from last year's incisive Black Times (Strut Records), an album marked by simmering funk grooves and brimming anger at corruption, incompetence, and injustice. Seun Kuti performs with Egypt 80 at Brick & Mortar in San Francisco on Feb. 7–8.

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