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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Today in History; Fela Aníkúlápó Kuti, Musician And Activist From Nigeria Died

Fela Aníkúlápó Kuti, also known as Abami Eda, was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, composer, political activist and Pan-African. He is considered a member of Afrobeat, African music that combines West African music with American funk and the jazz. 

At the height of, he was called one of Africa’s “most inspiring and charismatic musical performers” 

He has also been described as a musical and sociopolitical voice of international importance. 

Biography of Fela Aníkúlápó Kuti 

Born to women’s rights activist, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti. After his first experiences abroad, he and his band Africa 70 (with drummer and music director Tony Allen) achieved stardom in Nigeria in the 1970s, during which time he was outspoken and the target of Nigerian juntas. 

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In 1970 he founded the municipality of the Republic of Kalakuta, which declared itself independent from the government. The municipality was also destroyed in a 1978 raid. 

Fela Aníkúlápó Kuti Death 

He was imprisoned by Muhammadu Buhari in 1984, but released after the 20th. He continued to record and perform in the 1980s and 1990s. Since his death in 1997, reissues and compilations of his music have been overseen by his son, Femi Kuti.  

Between the 1970s and the time of his passing, Kuti was heavily involved in Africa. He denounced the maltreatment of Nigerians and Nigerian officials.  

As the cause of the socioeconomic and political problems that afflicted the African people, he said. was among the most corrupt in Africa in the 1970s, and Nigeria had one of the worst political situations. 

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Its staged coups and fraudulent elections eventually intensified political instability and unemployment, furthering the cause thereof. Themes from Africa’s socioeconomic and political reality were reflected in Kuti’s protest songs. The political sentiments made by Kuti were audible across Africa.  

 

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