Pop Quiz: Femi Kuti

Aidin Vaziri | While Broadway celebrates his father’s electric Afrobeat legacy with “Fela!,” the Nigerian musician Femi Kuti is out there offering people the real thing. With more than a dozen singers and band members jostling for position onstage – all wild rhythms and swiveling hips – his concerts feel more like parties than performances. Good thing Kuti’s decided to take some time off from working on his next studio album, the follow-up to 2008’s “Day by Day,” to help us kick summer properly into gear. He plays the Fillmore on Saturday. We spoke to him by phone from Lagos last week.

Femi Kuti
Q: Your shows are so energetic. I’ve always wondered what happens when you walk off the stage: Do you fall down in a heap or keep going?
A: It depends. Sometimes I’m too tired. I know I have to wake up immediately to start practicing again. The problem with relaxing is to pick up the momentum again.
Q: With so many people in your band, it’s probably hard to find a quiet spot anyway. Does it make touring difficult?
A: Music has to be with a lot of people, especially when you’re on tour. You don’t become homesick. African music is about a lot of people and happiness and dance. I don’t think I would be as happy with less people.
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