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No Place for My Dream by Femi Kuti - a burst of energy against inequality

by Sadie King
Issue No. 2352

Cover of No Place for my Dream

If you want to be happy while venting about global inequality, get the new album by Femi Kuti.   

This is traditional Afrobeat energy with a gorgeous throaty vocal and Kuti’s backing band Positive Force is very danceable-to.

These are anti-capitalist lyrics through an Afro?centric lens. 

The opening track, Nothing to Show for it, mocks Nigeria’s promised democracy after over a decade of free elections since the end of military dictatorship. 

But Action Time isn’t a call to arms, it’s a cry of disappointment that no one is doing anything. 

Femi, unlike his legendary musician father, Fela, doesn’t show much faith in class solidarity. In One Man Show, he says, “When them carry you go lock for prison them go run leave you.” 

But this is still a joyous demand for the redistribution of wealth—“See as our brothers and sisters dey suffer o because our leaders dem greedy.” And as he says, “This is only the  beginning.” 

No Place for My Dream, Femi Kuti, Wrasse

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Tue 7 May 2013, 18:58 BST
Issue No. 2352
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