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BN Bytes: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 Perform at New Orleans Jazz Fest 2012 | View Exclusive Photos & Watch Their Exhilarating Live Performances



This year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (or Jazz Fest) took place between April 27 and May 6th with an array of top acts worldwide such as Ne-Yo, My Morning Jacket, Florence + The Machine, The Beach Boys; Janelle Monae, Foo Fighters, Al Green and Cee Lo Green just to name a few. And, with seven days, twelve stages and hundreds of musical acts, it had more than enough to offer.

With rave reviews of their performance at SXSW earlier in the year still latent in the air, Nigeria’s very own, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 were also in attendance performing on Friday, April 27th, at the Congo Square stage and also on Wednesday, May 2nd, at the Legendary House of blues in New Orleans to woo the audience.

Laura Mcknight of The Times-Picayune had this to say about his performance at Congo Square:

Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 fell into rhythm with New Orleans Jazz Fest fans Friday afternoon, as the baby-faced son of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti propelled a crowd into motion with a high-energy marathon of vigorous singing, saucy horns and nonstop movement. The sounds of Afrobeat took over the Congo Square Stage, the music vibrating out from the 15 performers on stage into a thick, appreciative crowd.”

Here’s his performance on Friday, April 27th at Congo Square:

Here are some photos from Seun Kuti & Egypt 80‘s thrilling Wednesday performance at the House of Blues:

Tattooed to his back - "FELA LIVES"

The Funk It Crew had this to say about his House of Blues performance:

“Every expectation was met with a non-stop 2 hour performance. In fact, the beginning of this video (below) is about as calm as this performance ever became. It was like the eye of the storm in the middle of the show, a political diatribe bookended by bombastic intensity on both ends…”

Here is Seun Kuti & Egypt 80‘s live performance at House of Blues, New Orleans.

Check on it.

Credits: OkayAfrica | Nola | Funk It | Ayokunle Joel-Taiwo | LuluAPhotoArts


  1. dammylee

    May 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Good job seun

  2. i no send

    May 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    happy for seun he’s doing well

  3. Ladie

    May 16, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Saw Seun peform in Maryland..great job by him and Egypt 80!!! Very energetic and good performance.

  4. Ndidi

    May 16, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    I like how the muscles in his back and shoulder area form wings. He also killed it at the SXSW Festival in Texas. He and Femi are making their dad proud.

  5. Lola

    May 16, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Seun get correct body sha….. Love him

  6. Janded

    May 16, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Seun all grown up.

  7. Uc

    May 16, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Na WOOOO

  8. Djkennymark RMW ENT

    May 16, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    African star seun you rock.

  9. Olatunji

    May 16, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    I was fortunate to see Seun on stage in Newyork City, the spirit of Fela was there too, Because you can see the reality about reicarnation philosophy of we Yoruba people. You see more of Fela in Seun. Fela is very spiritual man, he need somebody that will keep is legacy alive, and Seun will do that. Though there will never be another Fela. But Seun did disappoint with the show and groove he gave that very night. Keep the fire burning.

  10. Olatunji

    May 16, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    I was fortunate to see Seun on stage in Newyork city, the show is absolutely great.
    Seun did not disappoint us. he gave us great show. The legacy of Fela will leave on and all is effort to to elight our people from legacy of colonialism and western imperialism is not in vain. Fela become icon, anywhere you go in State, Fela music is becoming popular more and more. And Fela in broadway is another amazing show that i withness in Newyork too. I met different kind of people from all work of life. We need to learn how appreciate our own things in Nigeria.

  11. Bobo toh badt

    May 17, 2012 at 4:10 am

    i gotta say i hate when men cannot build their own paths, but walk along that which there fathers have built. Plus seun is not as good as femi, plus i dont like his attitude- his too self absorbed.

    • Gidi

      May 17, 2012 at 9:43 am

      They will call us haters but the truth must be said. If Seun was not born by baba and was doing what he is doing,no one will pay him attention. I had a little time for him until that his senseless rant against Mr. Asika. Boy is so self absorbed, very rude and is truly not that good in his game.
      Talk about Femi and you get me excited. I saw him a few years back at the North Sea Jazz Festival, it remains one of my best moments of live music and one of the very few moments when i shed tears of gratitude for being a Nigerian.

    • mnc_critic

      May 17, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      gerrout mate, what has thet got to do wit d materials presented by BN? hater

  12. Daniel Kreiss

    May 17, 2012 at 8:35 am

    @ Boo toh badt-
    Hater oshi
    rada rada oshi
    go and walk in ur own father’s step

  13. LPS

    May 17, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Omo dara tan, just like papa! baba re lo fi jo

  14. mimi

    May 17, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    plant am make e grow. wtf. rubbish noise.

  15. Jacob ati Esau

    May 17, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    its disturbing when westerners sees this thing this guy is doing on stage as the standard to use and evaluate naija music. anyways hustle na hustle, nothing special, and i no dey hate, na truth i dey yarn. sometimes nigerians need to stop commending mediocre talent. truthfully if fela wasnt his father i wouldnt give him the time of [email protected] toh badt, bro na truth you dey yarn. my dad took me to chicago house of blues to see this guy perform and after wards my dad said that seun should find a day job because the fela talent was not passed to him, that he seems like his forcing it.

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