Afrobeat legend Femi Kuti released his 10th studio album One People One World today. The album, which seem has been working on for some years now, is a new direction for the Afrobeat legend who says he has become more optimistic about the future of the African man.
In a recent interview with the Rolling Stone magazine, Kuti said the album’s optimistic lyrical themes underscore the important way music can make politics personal and instigate social change. “I’m a father and I love my kids, so I want to give the younger generation a message of hope,” he said. “Despite all our problems, we can create greatness in our lives.”
Two singles off the album Na Their Way Be That and the title track One People One World have already been released to much critical acclaim, enjoying rave reviews from listeners on Nigerian radio stations. Speaking on the album, British Arts Journalism website The Arts Desk believes “This fiery 50-minute rant against the greedy and corrupt has more than enough to satisfy both the head and the hips”.