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Fela Kuti

Fela Kuti 

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Fela Kuti Born in 1938 in Abeokuta, Nigeria, north of Lagos, Kuti grew up in a firmly middle-class family who were politically active.

In Nigeria, Fela Kuti founded a communal compound-cum-recording studio and rehearsal space he called the Kalakuta Republic, and a nightclub, the Shrine. Playing constantly and recording at a ferocious pace, Fela and band (who were now called Africa 70) became huge stars in West Africa. His biggest fan base, however, was Nigeria's poor. Because his music addressed issues important to the Nigerian underclass (specifically a military government that profited from political exploitation and disenfranchisement), Fela Kuti was more than a simply a pop star; like Bob Marley in Jamaica, he was the voice of Nigeria's have-nots, a cultural rebel.

Fela Kuti briefly lived in exile in Ghana, returning to Nigeria in 1978. In 1979, he formed his own political party, MOP (Movement of the People), and at the start of the new decade renamed his band Egypt 80. From 1980-1983, Nigeria was under civilian rule, and it was a relatively peaceful period for Fela, who recorded and toured nonstop. Military rule returned in 1983, and in 1984 he was sentenced to ten years in prison on charges of currency smuggling. With help from Amnesty International, he was freed in 1985.


Fela's musical output slowed throughout the '90s as he grew increasingly unwell physically. His death on August 3, 1997, of complications from AIDS deeply affected musicians and fans internationally, as a musical and sociopolitical voice on a par with Bob Marley was silenced.

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Boom ID : 101278359    Country : Nigeria    Gender : Male

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Fela Kuti

Fela Kuti Born in 1938 in Abeokuta, Nigeria, north of Lagos, Kuti grew up in a firmly middle-class family who were politically active.

In Nigeria, Fela Kuti founded a communal compound-cum-recording studio and rehearsal space he called the Kalakuta Republic, and a nightclub, the Shrine. Playing constantly and recording at a ferocious pace, Fela and band (who were now called Africa 70) became huge stars in West Africa. His biggest fan base, however, was Nigeria's poor. Because his music addressed issues important to the Nigerian underclass (specifically a military government that profited from political exploitation and disenfranchisement), Fela Kuti was more than a simply a pop star; like Bob Marley in Jamaica, he was the voice of Nigeria's have-nots, a cultural rebel.

Fela Kuti briefly lived in exile in Ghana, returning to Nigeria in 1978. In 1979, he formed his own political party, MOP (Movement of the People), and at the start of the new decade renamed his band Egypt 80. From 1980-1983, Nigeria was under civilian rule, and it was a relatively peaceful period for Fela, who recorded and toured nonstop. Military rule returned in 1983, and in 1984 he was sentenced to ten years in prison on charges of currency smuggling. With help from Amnesty International, he was freed in 1985.


Fela's musical output slowed throughout the '90s as he grew increasingly unwell physically. His death on August 3, 1997, of complications from AIDS deeply affected musicians and fans internationally, as a musical and sociopolitical voice on a par with Bob Marley was silenced.

Enjoy listening your favorite music from Fela Kuti on Boomplay

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    famesketchbklkd

    live long anikulapo..
    Nigeria

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    Oyebisi emeraldeuh8a

    Abami éda
    Nigeria

    Oyebisi emeraldeuh8a

    Baba 70 lives on
    Nigeria

    Alade adedejifjfr9

    Great musician of all time
    Nigeria

    Daddy Khay

    I just love listening this man's music gives me joy and peace of mind and I love following his intro tunes... He's an Icon #Kuti
    Nigeria

    GentleMoni

    Oboo this sounds is the best in the world. He one of the greatest singer of their time. May he soul rest in peace❤️❤️
    Nigeria

    Skeelo_7

    Abami Eda Omo Iya Aję!
    Nigeria

    kehinde sanniex18e

    awesome
    Nigeria

    Adex12328con5b

    so rest in peace anikulapo legend of legends [0x1f603][0x1f603][0x1f603][0x1f603][0x1f603][0x1f603][0x1f603][0x1f603][0x1f603][0x1f603][0x1f623][0x1f603][0x1f603]
    Nigeria

    Timothy Princeeroht

    the legend baba [0x1f627][0x1f627][0x1f627][0x1f621][0x1f621][0x1f621]
    Nigeria

    Kelvin Lordy

    you are great man[0x1f60b][0x1f60b][0x1f60b][0x1f60b][0x1f60b][0x1f60b][0x1f60b][0x1f60b][0x1f60b][0x1f60b][0x1f60b][0x1f60b][0x1f60b][0x1f60b][0x1f60b][0x1f60b][0x1f60b][0x1f60b][0x1f60b][0x1f60b][0x1f60b][0x1f60b][0x1f60b][0x1f60b][0x1f60b][0x1f60b]
    Nigeria

    emmanuel oladimejicbh0j

    kuti baba is the most celebrated artist in africa and all over the world because of the impact the music has contributed to the freedom of african people.
    Nigeria

    emmanuel oladimejicbh0j

    i love all his music so fela still remain one of african evergreen legrnd that used his talent for the liberation of african.
    Nigeria

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