Femi and Made Kuti, respectively the son and grandson of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, have announced a joint double album titled Legacy + with the release of two new songs, “Your Enemy” and “Pà Pá Pà.”
Fela made a name for himself calling out corruption and injustice in his native Nigeria through his music—a proud tradition Femi and Made seem to be carrying on.. “Your Enemy,” a cut from the younger Made’s album For(e)ward, is a modern play on traditional Afrobeat influences which makes blunt commentary on the root causes of police brutality. “If civilians dey suffer and / Police sef dey suffer then / Who dey cause the suffer then,” Made questions.
“Pà Pá Pà” from Femi’s Stop the Hate, in a similar vein, urges citizens to hold their governments accountable. “If government no fit do their job / PA PA PA! / Make them comot for there / PA PA PA!” exhorts Femi over a groovy beat.
Speaking about the collaboration, Femi commented, “I am very excited and happy because as a father I get to perform with my son on my album again, and I get to see him compose, arrange, and play all instruments on his own album. Most importantly, we get to release this project together. It is spiritually soothing and comforting to witness this chapter in my life.”
The father-son duo are hopeful about future partnerships, with Made adding: “I’ve learnt so much from my father politically, socially, philosophically and musically that I know this lovely project is only the beginning of more beautiful things to come.”
While waiting for the double album to arrive February 5, listen to the new songs below.
“Pà Pá Pà”: