10 Facts about Fela Kuti

I will show you some useful Facts about Fela Kuti.  This Nigerian multi-instrumentalist was born on October 15th, 1938 and died on August 2nd, 1997. His full name was Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti. He chose Fela Kuti as his professional name. He was often called Fela or Fela Anikulapo Kuti.  Kuti was also recognized as a composer, musician, human rights activist, politician and Afrobeat music genre pioneer. He has been dubbed as a legend, mystic, polygamist, Panafricanist and superstar. Get other details about Fela Kuti below:

Facts about Fela Kuti 1: the birthplace

The birthplace of Kuti was located in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. His mother was a feminist activist named Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti. His father was a school principal and Anglican minister. His name was Reverend Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti. His family was upper-middle class one.

Fela Kuti

Fela Kuti

Facts about Fela Kuti 2: brothers

His brothers were famous in Nigeria. They worked as medical doctors. They were Olikoye Ransome-Kuti and Beko Ransome-Kuti.

Facts about Fela Kuti 3: Wole Soyinka

The first African who earned a Nobel Prize for literature was Wole Soyinka. Do you know that Kuti was Soyinka’s first cousin?

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Facts about Fela Kuti

Facts about Fela Kuti

Facts about Fela Kuti 4: education

Kuti was educated in Abeokuta Grammar School, Nigeria. In 1958, he went to London to study medicine. He abandoned the medicine to go to Trinity College of Music to learn more about music.

Facts about Fela Kuti 5: the favorite instrument

Trumpet is considered as the primary instrument of Kuti. Koola Lobitos was a band formed by Kuti when he studied at the college. The band played the combination of jazz and highlife.

Facts about Fela Kuti 6: the first wife

Remilekun Taylor and Kuti married in 1960. The couple was blessed with three kids. They are Femi, Yeni and Sola. Remi was his first wife.

Facts about Fela Kuti 7: the musical career

Kuti tried to reform Koola Lobitos when he returned to Nigeria in 1963. Kuti and his band were in Los Angeles for 10 months in 1969. Then the band was renamed Nigeria ’70. It was renamed into The Afrika ’70 when they came back to Nigeria.

Fela Kuti Facts

Fela Kuti Facts

Facts about Fela Kuti 8: the music of Kuti

Kuti and his band received a great deal of popularity in the Nigeria and Africa. People loved his music. However, the ruling government was not in favor. The zombie metaphor was used by Kuti to describe the methods of military in Nigeria in his album Zombie in 1977.

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Facts about Fela Kuti 9: marriage

Fela was known as a polygamist. He had married 27 women in 1978. Most of them were his singers, composers and dancers.

Fela Kuti Family

Fela Kuti Family

Facts about Fela Kuti 10: a political party

Kuti established a political party with the objective to clean up the society. It was called MOP or Movement of the People.

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