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Fela Kuti Biography, Death, Albums and songs

Fela Kuti Biography

Fela Kuti, 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. He has been called “superstar, singer, musician, Panafricanist, polygamist, mystic, legend.” During the height of his popularity, he was often hailed as one of Africa’s most “challenging and charismatic music performers.”

Fela Kuti was born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti on 15 October 1938 in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria into an upper-middle-class family. His mother, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, was a feminist activist in the anti-colonial movement; his father, Reverend Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti, an Anglican minister and school principal, was the first president of the Nigeria Union of Teachers. His brothers, Beko Ransome-Kuti and Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, both medical doctors, are well known in Nigeria. Fela is a first cousin to the Nigerian writer and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. He died on 2 August 1997.

Fela Kuti

Fela Kuti

He attended the Abeokuta Grammar School in Abeokuta. Later he was sent to London in 1958 to study medicine but decided to study music instead at the Trinity College of Music, the trumpet being his preferred instrument. While there, he formed the band Koola Lobitos, playing a fusion of jazz and highlife.

In 1960, Fela married his first wife, Remilekun (Remi) Taylor, with whom he would have three children (Femi, Yeni, and Sola).

In 1963, Fela moved back to Nigeria, re-formed Koola Lobitos and trained as a radio producer for the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation. He played for some time with Victor Olaiya and his All Stars.

Fela Kuti Death

On 3 August 1997, Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, already a prominent AIDS activist and former Minister of Health, announced his younger brother’s death a day earlier from Kaposi’s sarcoma brought on by AIDS. More than a million people attended Fela’s funeral at the site of the old Shrine compound. The New Afrika Shrine has opened since Fela’s death in a different section of Lagos under the supervision of his son Femi Kuti.

Fela Kuti Albums

  • Best of The Black President
  • Best of The Black President 2
  • Finding Fela! (Original Motion Soundtrack)
  • 1969 The ’69 LA Sessions – CD Only
  • 1971 Why Black Man Dey Suffer
  • 1971 Live With Ginger Baker
  • 1971 Open & Close
  • 1971 London Scene
  • 1972 Roforofo Fight
  • 1972 Shakara
  • 1973 Afrodisiac
  • 1973 Gentleman
  • 1973 Alagbon Close
  • 1974 Confusion
  • 1975 Monkey Banana
  • 1975 Excuse O
  • 1975 Noise For Vendor Mouth
  • 1975 Expensive Shit
  • 1975 He Miss Road
  • 1975 Everything Scatter
  • 1976 Na Poi
  • 1976 Kalakuta Show
  • 1976 Yellow Fever
  • 1976 Ikoyi Blindness
  • 1976 Upside Down
  • 1976 Unnecessary Begging
  • 1977 Sorrow Tears and Blood
  • 1977 JJD (Johny Just Drop)
  • 1977 Stalemate
  • 1977 No Agreement
  • 1977 Fear Not For Man
  • 1977 Zombie
  • 1977 Opposite People
  • 1978 Shuffering And Shmiling
  • 1979 International Thief Thief
  • 1979 VIP
  • 1979 Unknown Soldier
  • 1980 Music Of Many Colors (w/ Roy Ayers)
  • 1980 Authority Stealing
  • 1980 Original Sufferhead
  • 1981 Coffin For Head of State
  • 1984 Army Arrangement
  • 1984 Live in Amsterdam
  • 1986 Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense
  • 1989 Beasts of No Nation
  • 1989 O.D.O.O
  • 1992 Underground System

Fela Anikulapo Kuti Songs – Fela Kuti songs – Fela Kuti Music

  • Zombie
  • Army Arrangement
  • Coffin for Head of State
  • Yellow Fever
  • Colonial Mentality
  • Teacher, Don’t Teach Me No Nonsense
  • Gentleman
  • Lady
  • International Thief Thief
  • Underground System
  • Beasts of No Nation
  • Government of Crooks
  • Shakara
  • Sorrow Tears and Blood
  • Upside Down
  • Why Black Man Dey Suffer
  • Expensive Shit
  • Who No Know Go Know
  • Water No Get Enemy
  • Africa Center of the World

Fela Kuti Zombie – Video