Fela Kuti

Fela Kuti

Nigerian musician and activist (1938–1997)
Nigerian singer who was a key figure in the development of Afro-beat, blending agit-prop lyrics and dance rhythms as a medium for social protest.
BornOctober 15, 1938
HometownAbeokuta, Nigeria
Net worth$5 million
Height5'7" (1.70m)
ChildrenYeni Kuti
ParentsFunmilayo Ransome-Kuti , Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti
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Paris exhibition celebrates Fela Kuti, the rebel king of Afrobeat

  • The Paris Philharmonie is paying homage to Fela Kuti, pioneer of Afrobeat – a musical current that emerged from Nigeria in a swirl of postcolonial enthusiasm, experimentation and political rebellion. A major exhibition traces the origins of Fela Kuti's pan-African activism and his lasting influence. Born in Nigeria in 1938, Fela Anikulapo Kuti was a household name by the late 1970s and had toured the world by the time of his death in 1997.The exhibition at the Philharmonie's Museum of Music trac

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The art - and challenge - of preserving contemporary music

In the heart of New York City's Tribeca, lie millions of records - ranging from the likes of Nirvana to Fela Kuti. The result of decades of efforts to preserve contemporary music for the present, and the future.
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Albums

Live in Amsterdam
Live in Amsterdam
1985
Anthology, Vol. 2
Anthology, Vol. 2
2009
Koola Lobitos/The '69 Los Angeles Sessions
Koola Lobitos/The '69 Los Angeles Sessions
2001
King of Afrobeat: The Anthology
King of Afrobeat: The Anthology
1999
'69 Los Angeles Sessions
'69 Los Angeles Sessions
1994
Underground System
Underground System
1992
Black Man's Cry
Black Man's Cry
1992
O.D.O.O. (Overtake Don Overtake Overtake)
O.D.O.O. (Overtake Don Overtake Overtake)
1989
Beasts of No Nation
Beasts of No Nation
1989
Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense
Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense
1987
Mr. Follow Follow
Mr. Follow Follow
1986
Army Arrangement
Army Arrangement
1984
Original Suffer Head
Original Suffer Head
1982
Coffin for Head of State
Coffin for Head of State
1981
Music of Many Colours
Music of Many Colours
1980
V.I.P. (Vagabonds in Power)
V.I.P. (Vagabonds in Power)
1979
Fear Not for Man
Fear Not for Man
1977
Opposite People
Opposite People
1977
Zombie
Zombie
1977
Stalemate
Stalemate
1977
No Agreement
No Agreement
1977
J.J.D. (Johnny Just Drop!!): Live!! at Kalakutta Republik
J.J.D. (Johnny Just Drop!!): Live!! at Kalakutta Republik
1977
Shuffering and Shmiling
Shuffering and Shmiling
1977
J.J.D./Unnecessary Begging
J.J.D./Unnecessary Begging
1976
Kalakuta Show
Kalakuta Show
1976
Unnecessary Begging
Unnecessary Begging
1976
Ikoyi Blindness
Ikoyi Blindness
1976