With his first studio album in seven years, Day By Day, to be released tomorrow (November 18) via Mercer Street Records, Afrobeat legend Femi Kuti has announced a string of supporting US tour dates that will see him play venues from coast to coast in January 2009. In honor of the release, Fader and Mercer St. are hosting an exclusive stream of the album here.
From the press release: Not content to merely follow in the footsteps of his famous father, Fela Kuti, Femi continues to expand his musical palette with his latest studio release, Day By Day, a hybrid of Afro-pop, jazz and urban influences. Femi is world renowned as a gifted songwriter and performer who continues to push the boundaries of Afrobeat rather than resting on his legacy. He has toured America with alt-rock band Jane's Addiction, sang on Rachid Taha's Made In Medina album and reached out to the American hip-hop community, connecting with artists such as Mos Def, D'Angelo, Nile Rodgers, Erykah Badu and the Roots. There is no doubt that this respite has Femi ready to get back on the road and eager to bring his outstanding new work on Day By Day to the live arena.
Femi Kuti Tourdates
01.07.09 - Boston, MA (Paradise Rock Club)
01.08.09 - New York, NY (Webster Hall)
01.09.09 - Washington, DC (9:30 Club)
01.10.09 - Philadelphia, PA (World CafÃ© Live)
01.11.09 - New York, NY (Webster Hall â€“ New York GlobalFEST)
01.14.09 - Montreal, QC (Club Soda)
01.15.09 - Toronto, ON (The Opera House)
01.16.09 - Detroit, MI (Majestic Theatre)
01.17.09 - Chicago, IL (Metro)
01.19.09 - Boulder, CO (Boulder Theater)
01.22.09 - San Francisco, CA (The Fillmore)
01.23.09 - West Hollywood, CA (House of Blues)
01.24.09 - San Diego, CA (House of Blues)