Twenty-Four Years After, Fela Lives On

Twenty-Four Years After, Fela Lives On

Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti, better known as Fela Aníkúlápó Kuti, was a Nigerian legendary musician, song writer, bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, political activist and Pan-Africanist.

Fela, is regarded as the pioneer of Afrobeat, an African music genre that combines traditional Yoruba with funk and jazz.

The great musician, who was born on the 15th of October, 1938, died on the 2nd of August, 1997; exactly twenty-four years ago.

Abami Eda (strange creature), as he is sometimes referred to, was known to always direct his satirical music towards bad governance.

Until his death, he was highly engaged in political activism in Africa.

Fela, was married to his wife, Remilekun with whom he had three children.
However, he made history after he married all of his twenty-seven female band members, on the same day.

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