Fela Aníkúlápó Kuti (born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti; 15 October 1938 – 2 August 1997), also known as Abami Eda, was a Nigerian musician, bandleader, composer, political activist, and Pan-Africanist. He is regarded as the pioneer of Afrobeat, a Nigerian music genre that combines West African music with American 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 Nigerian women's rights activist Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti. After early experiences abroad, he and his band Africa 70 (featuring drummer and musical director Tony Allen) 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 its...
|Born||15 Oct. 1938, in Ogun|
|Died||2 Aug. 1997 (Aged: 58), in Lagos|
|Children||Seun KutiFemi KutiYeni Anikulapo-Kuti|
|Label(s)||Knitting Factory RecordsBarclayWrasse RecordsFela Anikulapo-Kuti EstateCelluloidKalakuta RecordsEMIAfrodisiaMCA RecordsVictor|
|Label management||Baya (personal publisher)Fela Anikulapo-Kuti Estate (personal publisher)|