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Concert of jazz musician Femi Kuti in City Park

The Macedonian Philharmonic will hold a concert with renowned African jazz musician Femi Kuti and his “Positive Force” band in the Skopje City Park on Thursday evening.

The concert, which is held under the auspices of the City of Skopje, marks the end of the Macedonian Philharmonic season.

Kuti last visited Skopje during the 2004 Skopje Jazz Festival. His music unites afro-rhythms with jazz and classical music.

Dzijan Emin is the conductor and arranger of the compositions to be played at the concert.

“This is my first time working with a symphonic orchestra and I have always dreamed of this. We started this endeavor two years ago and it is one of the biggest projects. Music is the language of universe and cooperation with Dzijan was easy,” said Kuti at Tuesday’s press conference.

“I attended Kuti’s concert in Skopje 14 years ago and it was an amazing experience. I am pleased that we managed to bring this idea to realization,” added Emin.

Femi Kuti, ia Nigerian musician born in London and raised in Lagos, is the eldest son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. Femi’s musical career started when he began playing in his father’s band, Egypt 80. In 1986, Femi started his own band, Positive Force, and began establishing himself as an artist independent of his father’s massive legacy. His first record was released in 1995 by Tabu/Motown, followed four years later by Shoki Shoki (MCA), which garnered widespread critical acclaim.