Page 1 of 1

Femi or Seun?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:49 am
by howard male
In the words of Harry Hill…

Who’s better, Femi or Seun? There’s only one way to decide… Figh… No, hang on, let’s ask the discerning music lovers of the SoTW forum instead.

At this point in time– as I have my first listen to 'From Africa With Fury: RISE’ (great title!) - it’s Seun. Don’t worry – having Eno onboard as one of the producers hasn’t diluted his sound – this is a crisp, powerful album that just compels you to turn it up and start twitching around the room like a lunatic. I also think he’s the better singer of the two of them. Wow this is a good album...

Re: Femi or Seun?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 11:16 am
by Des
Interesting! Loved Seun's last one, so look forward to the new one and seeing him in concert next month. Have to admit I was underwhelmed by his gig at Womad a few years ago but I had just met Charlie for the first time only minutes before so Charlie was a hard act to follow.

Femi is great 'live' and he's done some fab stuff......oh I can't decide!

Re: Femi or Seun?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 11:26 am
by kas
This one is going to be interesting. I think Femi's latest is his best album yet. On the other hand, I loved Seun's first album, and he (and the band) threw an insanely funky and intense gig here a couple of years ago.

Thanks for the news on Seun's new one.

Re: Femi or Seun?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:45 pm
by Jonathan E.
I think Seun is a little more adventurous in taking his music beyond the Afrobeat blueprint, but it's a close run thing and Femi certainly has not rested upon his laurels. And some might think that given his longer historical run of western releases that Femi is actually the more adventurous of the two. All of which is to say, the question is meaningless without parameters being stated for the consideration and discussion of said question. Personally, I'd also have to say, that this is one more of those feeble and obsessive attempts, so common in the music industry, to construct an artificial hierarchy — the use of the word "better" is a dead giveaway. The world will be better off when it's enough to simply appreciate art and artists on their own creative terms rather than critically casting the whole thing as some kind of race or struggle for supremacy. My general impression of serious artists is that they have no interest in the contest; they care about the unique manifestation each can make.

Re: Femi or Seun?

PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:18 am
by howard male
Oh, don’t be such a killjoy, Jonathan. And anyway, I notice that you begin by trying to answer the question before going off in to your “the world would be better off…” spiel. Some artists are unquesttionably better than other artists (Prince/Olly Murs*), end of story. Although obviously it’s a close race, possible even resulting in a draw, between the Kuti brothers hence the fact I thought it would be interesting to ask the question.

*Even from the poor bloke’s name (which looks like two typos colliding) you know he’s not going to measure up.

Re: Femi or Seun?

PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:48 am
by Nigel w
Jonathan E. wrote:I think Seun is a little more adventurous in taking his music beyond the Afrobeat blueprint



Not sure I agree with that. Femi was the one who tried to step outside the Afrobeat template and join up the dots with other black music styles, via all those collaborations with US hip-hoppers, especially on the Fight To Win album - and was also the one who went down the road of compressed modern Anglo-American production techniques. The nice thing about his last album was that he abandoned all that and went back to basics and the studio sound was closer to what he does live.

Seun's new album is pretty straightahead fare and suggests the fruit has really not fallen very far from the tree...and who would want it to ?

Re: Femi or Seun?

PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:37 am
by Des
Look, the only way to settle this is for Femi and Seun to have a fight and see who wins. It's the sort of thing that happened in Star Trek, after all.

Re: Femi or Seun?

PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:22 pm
by Chris P
Des wrote:Look, the only way to settle this is for Femi and Seun to have a fight


or a join-the-dots then colouring-in competition, could be fierce..

It's known that Femi will Fight to Win, but Seun's from Africa With Fury, all bets are off, too close to call

Re: Femi or Seun?

PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 7:55 pm
by Nigel w
One thought that struck me listening to Seun's new Eno-produced album is how would Fela have sounded with a producer like Brian Eno to give perhaps a sharper focus to his genius?

Fela's sprawling versus Seun's streamlining ; Seun's tighter, more disciplined arrangements versus Fela's looser improvisations...I think that might be a comparison at least as interesting as the one between Seun and Femi.

The other thing that struck me is that Fela, Femi and Seun actually represent three generations of Afrobeat rather than two. Age wise, there are two decades between the birth of Femi and Seun - just as there were two decades between the birth of Fela and Femi ...