Fela Kuti

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Date of Birth October 15, 1938
Place of Birth Abeokuta, Nigeria
Date of Death Aug 2, 1997 (58)
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Fela Kuti

Fela Anikulapo Kuti was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, composer, political activist, and Pan-Africanist. He is regarded as the pioneer of Afrobeat, an African music genre that combines traditional Yoruba and Afro-Cuban music with funk and jazz. At the height of his popularity, he was referred to as one of Africa's most "challenging and charismatic music performers". AllMusic described him as a "musical and sociopolitical voice" of international significance. Kuti was the son of a Nigerian women's rights activist, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti. After early experiences abroad, his band, Africa 70, shot to stardom in Nigeria during the 1970s, during which he was an outspoken critic and target of Nigeria's military juntas. In 1970, he founded the Kalakuta Republic commune, which declared itself independent from military rule. The commune was destroyed in a 1978 raid. Since his death in 1997, reissues and compilations of his music have been overseen by his son, Femi Kuti.

Birth name: Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti
Also known as: Fela Anikulapo Kuti
Born: October 15, 1938, Abeokuta, Western Region, British Nigeria, (now Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria)
Died: August 2, 1997, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
Genres: Afrobeat, highlife
Occupation(s): Singer-songwriter, musician, activist
Instruments: Saxophone, vocals, keyboards, trumpet, guitar, drums
Years active: 1958–1997
Labels: Barclay/PolyGram, MCA/Universal, Celluloid, EMI Nigeria, JVC, Wrasse, Shanachie, Knitting Factory
Associated acts: Africa '70, Egypt '80, Koola Lobitos, Nigeria '70, Hugh Masekela, Ginger Baker, Tony Allen, Femi Kuti, Seun Kuti, Roy Ayers, Lester Bowie
Youtube: Fela Kuti's Youtube channel
IMDb: Fela Kuti's IMDb
Spotify: Fela Kuti's Spotify
iTunes: Fela Kuti's iTunes
Bandcamp artist ID: felakuti

About Fela Kuti

Afrobeat pioneer, political activist, composer, and musician. His life was commemorated in an off-Broadway musical called Fela!, which was nominated for more than ten Tony Awards.

Fela Kuti Before Fame

He lived in London and attended Trinity College of Music, where he founded his first band called Koola Lobitos.

Achievement of Fela Kuti

After renaming his band, Kuti's music became more political.

Fela Kuti Family Life

He married his first wife, Remilekun Taylor, in 1960 and had three children with her; in 1978, he married twenty-seven women.

Associations of Fela Kuti

Kuti was referenced by Thom Yorke as one of his larger influences in creating Atoms for Peace.

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