Monday mornings come with exhaustion and an inability to get out of bed. This feeling can only be cured by upbeat, energizing music such as one of the numerous songs from Femi Kuti’s new album, No Place for My Dream.
Don’t let the album title fool you: the songs are anything but depressing. Born in London, Kuti moved with his family to Lagos, Nigeria as a child. There, his music career began at the age of 15 as a saxaphone player in his father’s musical group. From there, Kuti would go on to produce a few albums and even open for The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
No Place for My Dream combines a mix of Latin beats with a diversity of percussion. In addition, every song on the album has a deep, social message that serves to educate the listener. Kuti pulls inspiration from his personal experiences growing up as well as his observations of the current condition of the world. His piece, No Work No Job No Money, speaks to the challenges faced by those unable to make ends meet, who lack basic social, health, and financial resources.
Carry On Pushing On takes a more global activist approach. Focusing on collapsing economies and the wars affecting the world at this very moment, the song urges a societal progression and dissolution of a corrupt system.
Whether or not you agree with Kuti’s assertions, his musical style is catchy and motivational. Unlike other artists, Kuti causes us to be more active listeners and consider his stories and opinions.