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C*LTURE: Fela Kuti

Updated: Jan 3, 2022

Musician and political activist, Fela Kuti was born in Nigeria in 1938. A pioneer, he created Afro-beat, which fused blues, jazz, and funk with traditional Yoruba music.

Through protest, Fela criticized the corruption of Nigerian government and the mistreatment of Nigerian citizens. He was a political giant in Africa from the 1970s.

Fela was arrested on over 200 different occasions for his fight against the violent and oppressive regime in Nigeria. Soldiers would be sent to beat him, his family and friends. They would destroy wherever he lived and whatever instruments or recordings he had.

A charismatic performer, creating over 50 albums with Africa 70/Egypt 80. Fela Kuti was a true hero and icon, he created art to empower the masses to rise up against corruption and inequality.



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