Popular afrobeat singer, and eldest son of Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti, is 56 today. Femi Kuti is the grandchild of political campaigner, women’s rights activist and traditional aristocrat Funmilayo Ransome Kuti.

Femi’s musical career started when he began playing in his father’s band, Egypt 80. His first record was released in 1995 by Tabu/Motown, followed four years later by Shoki Shoki (MCA), which garnered widespread critical acclaim.

In 2004 he opened The Shrine, his club, where he recorded the live album Africa Shrine. In 2012 he was inducted into the Headies Hall of Fame, and was the opening act on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ European arena tour. He became an Ambassador for Amnesty International.

Femi Kuti has announced that he will be performing at the shrine tomorrow before going on break. Happy birthday to the legendary Femi Kuti!

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