Last year, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 released ‘Black Times’, an album of socio-political manifestos with militant overtures. The project was critically acclaimed, earning the Afrobeat band their very first Grammy nomination. In a bid to further immortalize the album and its messages, they’ve just released ‘Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Night Dreamer Direct-To-Disc Sessions)’, an EP filled with material from live session recordings of select songs off ‘Black Times’.
Recorded at Artone studios in Holland, the 4-song tape features improvised interpretation of standout tracks like the “Black Times” (without Carlos Santana, though) and “Bad Man Lighter (BML)”. Being a direct-to-disc recording, the songs were cut in one take, using vintage mixing and mastering equipment, before being taken to a recording plant to be galvanised and pressed. However, with streaming being the primary means of music consumption, the EP is also available on digital streaming platform.
‘Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Night Dreamer Direct-To-Disc Sessions)’ was recorded for Night Dreamer, a new record label looking to channel the classic feel of jazz records from the ‘60s. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80’s live session is the inaugural release of the series, with several other acclaimed world music artists and bands slated to debut their sessions in the coming months.
Stream ‘Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Night Dreamer Direct-To-Disc Sessions)’ here.
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