Baoku Moses, the Image Afrobeat band leader, hails from Kuti's home country of Nigeria. On this evening he stated it was the first time in over 15 years studying and performing afrobeat music that he performed a Kuti number live out of respect for the musician. It was an excellent rendition of "Water" one of Kuti's more recognizable pieces.
For the Image Afrobeat set, the band was on point. The horns were incredibly crisp with a rhythm section that was absolutely locked in. Moses primarily plays a collection of hand drums with large mallets set up near the front of the stage and sings. For other numbers he plays various cowbells, shakere and sings. Moses' incredible energy and enthusiasm is infectious and really makes for a great performance. We hope to see them again in the near future.
Here's some images from the show:
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|This set features images from the performance of Kuti's "Water" featuring both HOD and Baoku and Image Afrobeat. Click to start slideshow|
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