Afrobeat powerhouse, Seun Kuti — the youngest son of late music legend, Fela Kuti — just announced his upcoming album, Black Times, with his father's band, Egypt 80. To get us all hyped for the album's release, Seun also dropped the album's impressive title track, which features living legend and 10-time Grammy winner, Carlos Santana.
"Black Times" is a mid-tempo afrobeat track with incredibly smooth guitar work from Carlos Santana, and like most of Seun's work, it's a socially conscious jam that also happens to have a strong and important message.
On the song, Seun calls for black people to reflect and focus on our history, so we can plan for a better future for ourselves and our children. He asks, with a thunder in his voice, "where's the black dream?/ where's the black information?" Speaking about the album in a press release, Seun said:
"Black Times is a true reflection of my political and social beliefs. It is an album for anybody who believes in change and understands the duty we have to rise up and come together.
The elites always try to divide the working class and the poor people of the world. The same oppression felt by workers in Flint, Michigan is felt by workers in Lagos and Johannesburg.
We are all capable of change, us iron people, us workers. Black Times is the sound of the people and a weapon of the future. The big picture needs more colour."