Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
Friday, June 28 @ Johnson Controls World Sound Stage, 10 p.m.
Three-time Grammy Award nominee Femi Kuti was born in London, but grew up in Lagos, Nigeria’s capital. The reed player, now 50, eventually became a member of his father’s band before forming his own band, Positive Force, in the 1980s, which he took to the international scene in 1988.
Over the years, he has recorded with U.S. hip-hop and R&B artists Mos Def, Common, Macy Gray, The Soultronics, Roy Hargrove and others. He also lent his voice to the videogame Grand Theft Auto IV as the host radio station IF 99. Femi Kuti’s June 28 Summerfest performance will be one of only three U.S. dates he and his band will play this year, so don’t miss it. (Michael Muckian)