TheFADER.com is proud to present an exclusive full album stream of Day by Day, Femi Kuti's first solo album in seven years and first for Downtown Records' new imprint Mercer Street. The album is out in stores today, but we've been listening to it very heavily since we first got in the mail and strongly encourage you to go spend the money to own it. Femi's father Fela, of course, has been cited endlessly over the last year or so by artists in and out of the pages of The FADER, but this is obviously the most direct successor if you want uncut Afrobeat. Femi's moved away from the American hip hop collaborations on his last album Fight to Win, this time sticking mostly with his own 17-piece band Positive Force, which makes Day by Day sound less "global" than Nigerian and, honestly, his best since 1998's Shoki, Shoki.
Femi will also be bringing his live show to the States early next year starting January 7th in Boston, so check the dates after the jump along with a short documentary of the making of Day by Day.
Femi Kuti - Day By Day
(Out 11/18, Mercer Street Records)
FEMI KUTI’S 2009 DAY BY DAY TOUR
January 7 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
January 8 New York, NY Webster Hall
January 9 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
January 10 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
January 11 New York, NY GlobalFEST @ Webster Hall
January 14 Montreal, QC Club Soda
January 15 Toronto, ON The Opera House
January 16 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre?
January 17 Chicago, IL Metro
January 19 Boulder, CO The Boulder Theatre
January 22 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
?January 23 West Hollywood, CA House of Blues
January 24 San Diego, CA House of Blues