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Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, ‘Seun Kuti & Egypt 80′ (Disorient)

Taking charge of his late father’s crew, the youngest son of Afro- beat superstar Fela Anikulapo Kuti strikes a commanding pose on his swaggering debut. Yet the 25-year-old scion often seems restrained, suggesting a rude noise being toned down for polite society. Amid the roar of two-fisted brass and jangly, James Brown–style guitar, Kuti unleashes impressively gruff diatribes against social ills, even as the glossy production takes the edge off potentially incendiary grooves. Still, many of the interludes are simply thrilling, including “Mosquito Song,” which proves that trombone can be really sexy.

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