Win Tickets ($40): Seun Kuti w/ The Egypt 80 @ Mt. Tabor Theater | Contemporary Afrobeat

We are giving away two single tickets to see Seun Kuti at the Mt. Tabor Theater on Saturday, March 17, 2012. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winners will be drawn and emailed Friday, March 16.

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From our sponsors at Mt. Tabor Theater:
Seun Kuti @ Mt. Tabor TheaterSeun Kuti & Egypt 80 w/ Afromassive
Saturday, March 17, 2012
8 p.m. | $20 | 21+
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Mt. Tabor Theater
4111 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
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With the mighty new From Africa With Fury: Rise, Seun Anikulapo Kuti returns with his hybrid of Afrobeat touchstones and contemporary cues. As with his previous efforts, Seun heads up Egypt 80, the extraordinary combo first fronted by his renowned father. The album follows Kuti's critically praised debut, 2008's Many Things, which was unanimously hailed for continuing Fela's musical legacy.

From Africa With Fury: Rise sees Kuti finding his own idiosyncratic voice as songwriter, singer, and band leader, its songs and sonic approach marked by provocative edge and mature self-assurance. Produced by Brian Eno, John Reynolds, and Kuti, with additional production by Godwin Logie, and mixed by John Reynolds and Tim Oliver, the album captures Seun and Egypt 80's extraordinary power, fraught with the scorching rhythms and kinetic funk energy that has earned the band as ever, under the leadership of alto saxophonist Lekan Animashaun worldwide acclaim as one of today's most incendiary live acts.

With Kuti's booming vocal stylings at the forefront, songs like ¬Å“African Soldiers¬Â and ¬Å“Mr. Big Thief¬Â are fueled by call-and-response hooks, breakneck tempos, and combative, topical lyricism which firmly sets the classic Egypt 80 sound in the modern era.

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46 Responses to Win Tickets ($40): Seun Kuti w/ The Egypt 80 @ Mt. Tabor Theater | Contemporary Afrobeat

  1. James Leubner March 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    there are SO many reasons for me to attend this show.
    please allow me to explain?
    1 : my birthday is on the 31st and this would be the BEST gift!
    2 : i have been a fan of Fela Kuti since i was young,…and seeing Seun Kuti in a club and not a stage at a festival is a dream come true,…NO LIE!!!! it is THAT major! BIG fan here.
    3 : i was actually nervous (and still am) about not being able to afford the tickets. not going would break my poor heart :(
    4 : i would be ETERNALLY grateful with all my heart and soul!
    5 : i plan on dancing from the first note to the very last and will be a smiling bundle of positive energy <3 so, will be tickets WELL utilized.
    please help me in making this dream come true for me and my best friend? i don't normally beg, yet this is a SUPER rare occasion on all levels.
    thank you for your time and stay cool.

  2. Tom Breunig March 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    Why? Because this is an amazing opportunity to see the evolution of Afropop from one generation to the next in a city that reveres indie music but that offers little in the way of good world music. Don’t let Seattle be the holder of the world music flag of the Northwest! Besides that, I’ll take my 17-year old daughter who is just developing a taste for music from outside the borders of traditional Western pop music.

  3. Max March 14, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    I am a huge afrobeat fan, and have long held Femi Kuti as one of my favorite artists. Would love to see Seun! Thanks…

  4. Gibb March 14, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    Sounds good! I like the description, have been to south Africa, and live down the street from mt. T theater. I’m in!

  5. lotti March 14, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    oh let me thinky, thinky
    think of tomorrow
    dancey, dancey
    dance for the future
    thinky, thinky, thinky, thinky, dancey, dancey dancey, dancey
    them wona give us the tickets….

  6. kristen March 14, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    this would be absolutely amazing! i’ve been a fan of his father’s music for a long time and recently started listening to his as well and would be SO amped to get to see him live!

  7. kimberly Thompson March 14, 2012 at 8:08 pm #


    let me just say …winning these tickets would be SO HUGE for me <3.

    I am a board certified music therapist that provides music therapy in several local hospitals for pediatric patients. I LOVE my job, it is the absolute best! I JUST arrived in Oregon ( from NY) and put everything on the line to be here to do what I love. 2 weeks before I was moving I was supposed to see Sean Kuti at grassroots festival, but my car broke down. This would be the most amazing gift, It would be MY music therapy, and the best welcome to my new life here in Portland. Much love!

  8. kt March 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    once i heard my first Seun Kuti song, I was hooked. And not a week goes by without cranking up some Seun or Femi Kuti and getting my daughters to dance with me as we sing along. I’d love to be able to see an artist that opened such a fantastic musical world to me. Even at $20/ticket, it just isn’t in the budget, and having spent the majority of my time with two small children over the course of the last 4 years, I (and my husband) need to get out. Plus, my birthday is on the 31st too!


  9. Ryan March 14, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

    Oh man! Afrobeat! I would love to get down to some kickin’ grooves this saturday, but money’s a crunch. Free tickets…mmm…yes please!

  10. OB March 14, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

    As an African I’ve been trying to introduce people to the ROOTS all music, and I would like to take some people but cannot afford all tickets, any ticket will help for the cause

  11. Saffire Bouchelion March 15, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    Would Loooooove to win these tix!!

  12. Megan March 15, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    This is a fantastic opportunity!! I can’t afford the tickets and want to introduce my boyfriend to Afrobeat/pop music! I will take pictures and promote of FB. Please please please???

  13. Barney Bonito March 15, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    I saw Seun Kuti’s father Fela in 1987 at the woodbury ski and racquet reggae festival, in CT. I had the opportunity to meet with him backstage and he was very engaging and positive. A great man who was potentially the greatest composer from Africa. It would be an honor the see his son perform at Mt. Tabor.
    Thank you,
    Barney Bonito

  14. Gabe Rodriguez March 15, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    I’d love to check this show! Live Afrobeat is one of my favorite genres of music to go see….and it actually gets Portland DANCING!! (seriously Portland….it’s ok to move sometimes!)

  15. David Moss March 15, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    Do I really have to say WHY I wanna go? The Kuti family legacy is amazing!

  16. Jenny Newtson March 15, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    Hey, cool! I haven’t seen world music at the Mt. Tabor since Amadou & Miriam played there, over ten years ago. I never got a chance to see Fela live, but have seen Femi Kuti a couple of times. Really looking forward to hearing his little brother play! Seun has a different groove from his brother, and from the sound of the record, I think Seun may be a little more like his papa. <3!

  17. Luke March 15, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    I love this guy!

  18. Leonard March 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    I love Afropop

  19. Kim Oates March 15, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

    Oh my… this would give my spirits a greatly needed lift. I have been a fan of Femi Kuti for many years and have seen him live a few times. Would love to see Seun play as well. Must go to this show!

  20. stephanie peterka March 15, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    How very blessed Portland is for the presence of Seun Kuti and Egypt 80!! THE ENERGY OF FELA AND AFRICA RIGHT HERE ! TODO SE MUEVE!!! SO SO SOSOSOSOSOSO THRILLED TO HOPEFULLY WIN THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE THIS ! I have never been so close to this and I know it’s not something to be missed. Please award me with the opportunity of a lifetime.

  21. Drew March 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    Huge Kuti family fan…From Fela to Femi to the youngest Seun. I have never got to see any of them perform. I missed him the last time he was in town by a couple of days.(i was out in the baring sea wishing he would come to Portland) I was so disappointed when I found out he was here 2 days before I got back! I would LOVE to see him this time in such an intimate setting like the MT. Tabor Theater with the walls shaking from the afrobeat! Music Is The Weapon, Peace

  22. Annie March 15, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

    It’s been a very dark winter this year. Seun Kuti and the Egypt 80 are the first light of spring. Time to come out of hibernation and dance. Celebrate. I have yet to see any live music in 2012, maybe you guys could help me out with that?! Thanks

  23. James March 15, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    Great groove. Good for dancing.

  24. Timothy Crespi March 15, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    We work hard! We love funk! We want to dance!

  25. Michelle Rabin March 15, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

    It would be such a blessing to go to this intimate theater with my family – husband and daughter. We love this music and would thoroughly enjoy attending. Thanks for your consideration.

  26. Jean gates March 15, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    Fela’s reincarnation!!! How PRERFECTLY madly awesome!!

  27. Stephanie March 15, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

    I need bombastic brass and harmonies to revive my soul and this would be the panacea! Totally transformed hearing Kuti and his band perform. 2 hours is never enough!

  28. Bud March 15, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

    My inner tribal has been long dormant…needs to be revived…

  29. bc March 15, 2012 at 11:25 pm #

    Those tix would make me a most happy Fela!

  30. ptown bwhy March 15, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    Sean Kuti…hotter than a March Madness locker room.

  31. tofer March 16, 2012 at 7:24 am #

    It’s too bad that Seun’s band doesn’t have his father’s secret weapon – Tony Allen, the true founder of afrobeat – but I’d still love to see the show anyway!

  32. Lucretia March 16, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    Fela, and now his son Seun – are all about raising a voice against corruption and wrongdoing, of course in an incredibly funky and original way. Now in this country this show is timely! The thought of some of the lyrics of both artists in the context of this country right now, is very powerful and inspiring! This music is about spreading the word, uniting people and giving them enough joy and happiness to remember their own strength and power.

    For me, I am a crazy addict of African music and dance. I dedicated a good chunk of my life to learning it, being immersed in it – mostly traditional rhythms but more too. I saved money, traveled to W Africa to check it out. In this amazing show, I would understand the rhythm, the polyrhythms, and would definitely be crazed with happiness to hear and dance! This is tight, funky, quality music, completely original that started a movement in music, culture, politics. Right now I’m unemployed and trying to make a career for myself that changes the world in a meaningful way. THIS SHOW would be GREAT inspiration to me, inspiration of the pure joy of celebration, inspiration of the strength to speak out against those who abuse their power, inspiration of reaching out to masses of people with that kind of message through joy and exhilaration! And through amazing artistry. I am one audience member who would get it, and pass it on.

  33. sean March 16, 2012 at 7:56 am #

    I’ve never seen a show at the MT Tabor Theater and this would be an awesome first show!!! and my middle name is Patrick, so tomorrow is my middle name day…

  34. Mark Warner March 16, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    When I was let go last year as an art teacher at Parkrose High, I couldn’t tell my wife. My only voice was putting on Fela’s Army Arrangement in my basement as I pumped my fist in the air. More than any of Fela’s siblings, Seun embraces his dad’s righteousness, power, and soul. I never got to see Fela-I want to see Seun. Gilles Peterson said that it was the best show that he had seen in 2011 and I want to be a part of this monumental occasion. If I was to go to one show this year, it would be to see Seun Anikulapo and the Egypt 80, united as one, “kicking against the pricks.”

  35. Harry March 16, 2012 at 9:30 am #


  36. Dre March 16, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    Win me up some tickets, please! Been on a huge Kuti kick lately.

  37. Matt Artz March 16, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    I would love to attend this show!!

  38. Rob W March 16, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    It would be a privilege to see this show by Seun and the Egypt 80 OG players. They have influenced so much American music. What goes around comes around, we are one world.

    Fela was a huge force moving Nigeria towards what it is now, though there is still work to be done. And for Seun growing up seeing it all must have been wild. And if you know the history, the government was responsible for the death of Seun’s grandmother. I’m waiting for the musical equivalent of Fela to accompany Occupy, we need it! So thanks Pipeline for publicizing this!

  39. Catherine March 16, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    Just saw this ~ am I too late for the drawing ?

    I live & breathe the air around Mt Tabor ~ bring it on !

    Never forget seeing my first African magic show back in the early 80’s ~ King Sunny Ade & his African Beats ! I have never looked back ! Our musical roots ~

  40. Axel March 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    This Irish boys like to afro dance

  41. b_cherry March 16, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    cool beans i wanna gooooo!

  42. Andrew March 16, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    As the Root Meaning of Seun’s name “God has done a good thing” by bringing Seun to PDX. So has PDX Pipeline by offering up tickets…

  43. Jesse March 16, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    Count me in!!!

  44. Cristian March 17, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    This is the best it gets!

  45. Drew April 12, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Hope to get a free ticket so I can go – Water get no enemy!

  46. Rachel January 10, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

    My nephew would love to go to this with me!

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