Meet Seun Kuti and M1’s ‘IMF’ in Zombie-Packed Video
Fela's youngest son and the Egypt 80 band prepare to release "A Long Way From the Beginning"
Fela Kuti’s youngest son has become the family’s loudest voice and, with the help of his father’s legendary band, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 are set to release their third album, A Long Way From the Beginning. With a guest verse from Dead Prez co-founder M1, “IMF,” the forthcoming album’s opening salvo, is a hard-charging Afrobeat track that takes direct aim at the controversial org International Monetary Fund. (Although here it’s renamed “International Mother Fucker.”)
The corresponding Jerome Bernard-directed clip casts Kuti in two roles: as an African citizen, and as a businessman offering a briefcase which surely contains cash, but which also comes with a set of handcuffs. The money comes to transform everything it touches, distorting a small army of large suit-wearers into zombified villains by the end. A Long Way From the Beginning is produced by Robert Glasper and arrives in the U.S. on May 27. Watch the video above.