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Fela Kuti (born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti; 15 October 1938 – 2 August 1997) also known as Fela Anikulapo Kuti or simply Fela, was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, human rights activist, and political maverick.

Kuti was one of Africa’s most controversial musicians and throughout his life he continued to fight for the rights of the common man (and woman) despite vilification, harassment, and even imprisonment by the government of Nigeria. Born to Yoruba parents, Kuti was strongly influenced by both parents, his mother being Funmilayo, a leading figure in the nationalist struggle. Practically all of his records are dominated by political events and discussions from the approach of Pan-Africanism.

In 1954, Kuti joined the Cool Cats as a singer in that highlife band (highlife being the rage of the Lagos music scene at the time). During this period Kuti developed his own unusual sound which he described as highlife-jazz. In 1968 Kuti announced the arrival of Afro-beat, within the year was promoting his sound all over the USA on a 10-month tour where he became influenced by American jazz. When he returned to his homeland he opened a nightclub, the Shrine, and changed the name of his band to Africa 70 (and later to Egypt 80). His bands traditionally included the typical huge line-up consisting of many singers and dancers, numerous saxophonists, trumpeters, drummers, percussionists, and of course, many guitarists blending African rhythms and jazz horn lines with politicized song lyrics. His music was intricate, rather than calling it Afro-beat you might more arguably consider it Afro-jazz. Entire recordings often consisted of just a few songs and this propensity for jamming set up a roadblock for Fela to attain commercial acceptance in the United States. He also abhored performing a song after recording it, and this led to audience disinterest in the U.S. where the people wanted their music to be recognizable hits.

Kuti continued his outspoken attacks on the Nigerian government. When the people returned to power in 1979, Kuti began his own political party – MOP (Movement of the People). The military returned to power in 1983 and within the year Kuti was sentenced to five years in prison on a spurious currency smuggling charge. He was released in 1986 after yet another change of government.

Fela Anikulapo Kuti died on Saturday, August 2, 1997, at 4pm (local time) in Lagos, Nigeria. It had been rumoured for some time that Fela had a serious illness he was refusing treatment for, many said he was suffering from prostate cancer. But as it turns out, Fela died from complications due to AIDS. As Fela’s brother, Olikoye Ransome Kuti, said at a news conference:

“The immediate cause of death of Fela was heart failure, but there were many complications arising from the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome”.

Fela was a man with great influence in the African music world, he is irreplaceable and his presence will be sorely missed.

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  1. fela lives on

  2. #LONG_LIVE_PAPA_ANIKULAPO………..Missed You.

  3. GreAt Artist

  4. Fela simply speciAl

  5. Baba r i p i was sad dat i don’t knw u wen r alive

  6. #Respect…Fela Anikulapo Kuti…Inspired 4 Greatness

  7. Your. Legend lives on

  8. BABA 70 R.I.P jare after u na u nobody fit reach u #respect

  9. The great papa of the Afro beat may your soul RIP. Your way of Music and the truth you stood for inspired me to be bold and brave,. peace out PAPA

  10. The great papa of the Afro beat may your soul RIP. Your way of Music and the truth you stood for inspired me to be bold and brave,. peace out PAPA

  11. Grammarticalogyilsationalism fela u d BOSS

  12. fela is my main man a hero

  13. l respect the “living” spirit of Fela. He is my role model musically and politically. May he rest perfectly.

    • Baba 70 i cant turch u but i hold u close no matter where u are u are in my hearth where ever i go may your suol rest in peace amen

  14. Fela na GOD of music 4 Africa, na my Oga at d top, cos wizkid na m

  15. Fela na GOD of music 4 Africa, na my Oga at d top, cos wizkid na my mentor, fela na wizkid mentor

  16. RIP great legend,baba FelA

  17. Arararara Ororororo..respect fela anikulapo kuti the grt of all grtes..grt president wey death no allow us see..suffer head must go jeffa head must cum…nah ur way me wan follow weda dem like em or nt..aaaaaaaaeeeeeH…Original

  18. When he was alive, nobody value him. But his good and heroic works will live forever in the heart of millions of people across the world.

  19. Respect 4 u baba rip

  20. Respectful Fela Kuti

  21. i love FELA….. (Y)

  22. the great hero , let your living spirit help us deal with the bad goverment of this country. we value you, we respect you in spirit more than our rolling zombies today. baba, we miss you.

  23. Ebami eda d great, may ur soul continue to rest in peace, ur memory wil not fade away in my heart. Baba after u left things come dey spoil more nd more, unfurtunately u’re not around to deal with does opposite people.

  24. Freedom fighter

  25. Mr FELA i have lot of collections but u r #1 great inspire my SIR

  26. Rep you methon

  27. great philosopher an icon dat every people knw water u no get enermy

  28. You they stil

  29. Fela#baba why u die before i come na¿

  30. like,i wish i could reason with the legend#fela anikulapo kuti#abamiedaimself
    I will allways love ur songs
    I rep MOP

  31. the icon still lives on#
    I love u more
    #confusion break bone CBB
    MOP

  32. The Legend of Afrobeat -Great FELA ANIKULAPO KUTI Himself (aka-abami eda).
    I do enjoy my vidits to the shrine in tthose days at people Street, now computer village in Ikeja.
    At that time our ticket used to be a stamp of black in on the palm of your hand, smiles. It was fun to watch FELA perform.
    His intriguing dance steps, fflexible and skinny but sexy looking African yansh….smiles again.
    All these stuff will be m missed, except if Seun Kuti can come up something akin to FELA’s type of music.

    I love fFELA ANIKULAPO KUTI and

  33. My favourite

  34. Hmmm Baba fela d great man dat fight for human right. rip baba we all miss u.

  35. Fela, Ur’ Music Is The Best

  36. Baba kuti. Touch one Touch all I dey top

  37. Isamuel I enjoy the music of the late fela kuti from south Africa

  38. Bababababababaabaaba oooooooo
    ABBABMIIIII EDA LIVES ONNNN MA ROLE MODEL. RIP BABABABA

  39. A legend,role model and mentor…but the man is very brave,indeed,he deserves honour

  40. rest in peace baba

  41. Fela i luv all ur music infact i want u to com back

  42. Evn dt ur no more her wth us bt ur music stil lives(RIP FELA

  43. U go knw befor u die!

  44. Fela lives on

  45. i wish he was still alive to open all those politician and thieves yarsh up…we missed ya pa.fela

  46. Abami Eda of Africa lives on.
    The Black president is unique.
    BABA 70.
    After 19yrs dat you left BABA everybody keep saying:
    YEAH YEAH

  47. Baba 70 no one like u in the word,may ur soul R I P

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