Femi Kuti to tour in 2009

    Afrobeat aficionados, take heart — your dark days are soon to be over. Femi Kuti, the crown prince of Afrobeat himself, is getting set to bring his sound to U.S. shores early next year. Kuti’s American tour begins on January 7 of ’09 in Boston; he’ll be supporting Day By Day, his first new album in seven years, which is finally out today in the U.S. The album, released on Downtown Records’ new Mercer Street imprint, finds Kuti and his 17-piece band Positive Force digging into funky, jazzy, African sounds that will undoubtedly only gain in impact when heard in a live setting, so make the most of the opportunities afforded when Kuti takes it coast to coast.

     

    Tour Dates:

    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