Alas, America still looks at death as a brilliant career move, so Fela's demise in 1997 from AIDS has led to a reconsideration of his Afrobeat legacy that's resulted in Veal's book, a 10-CD reissue fusillade from MCA (though the two-disc The Best Best of Fela Kuti works just fine for dilettantes), and a son, Femi Kuti, who has benefited from Dad's legacy even while trying to creep away from it. In comparison, Femi's Shoki Shoki smacks of compromise -- the songs are leaner and lack much of the polyrhythmic sophistication of Dad's discography, which is bound to happen when you're lacking Fela's drummer, Tony Allen, a rhythmic genius in his own right. But "Truth Don Die" and "Blackman Know Yourself" aren't compromises -- they just get the point across faster, a message-driven approach the Roots were surely romanced by when they took on the remix duties for Shoki's stateside release. And if part of Fela's thrill was the slow, lush builds provided by his army of musicians, Femi's got quite the army himself. Onstage, it's all about Femi's energy level -- he's playing the sax, singing, and sweating madly while the musicians and dancers just try to keep up. The fact that they do makes this an event -- an excuse to remember Fela's legacy and ignore the business of trying to falsely revive it.