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Tuesday May 05, 2015

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Saxophonist Joe Lovano’s treatment of Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat legacy was a festival highlight
By: Mike Hobart

The radical Afrobeat legacy of Fela Kuti is something of a jazz festival staple. Often it is there just to promote the feelgood factor, but not when Joe Lovano’s Village Rhythms Band are in town, capturing the springy rhythmic complexity of the original and adding harmonic subtleties that respect both rhythm and form.

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