The Afrobeat pioneer Femi Kuti, backed by his band The Positive Force, will return to Celebrate Brooklyn to turn the Bandshell into a giant Nigerian dance party. The New York Times has championed as the group’s music as “thick, musky Afro-funk—a polyrhythmic elaboration on James Brown’s late-1960s sound—with lyrics that focus on government oppression and the problems of modern Africans.” The evening will begin with a performance by Brooklyn-born Melvin Gibbs, whom Time Out NY has deemed “the best bassist in the world.” Gibbs will showcase his Elevated Entity project, which is something of a downtown NYC supergroup and continues Gibbs’ exploration of African diaspora music with a fusion of Afro-Brazilian rhythms, funk and rap.(Source)
Find out more about Celebrate Brooklyn! events in the Summer Concert Guide.