Fela Kuti

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Birthday
15, 1938
Birthplace
Abeokuta, Nigeria
Death Date
Aug 2, 1997 (58)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
15, 1938
Birthplace
Abeokuta, Nigeria
Death Date
Aug 2, 1997 (58)

About

Afrobeat pioneer, political activist, composer, and musician. His life was commemorated in an off-Broadway musical called Fela!, which was nominated for more than ten Tony Awards.

Before Fame

He lived in London and attended Trinity College of Music, where he founded his first band called Koola Lobitos.

Trivia

After renaming his band, Kuti's music became more political.

Family Life

He married his first wife, Remilekun Taylor, in 1960 and had three children with her; in 1978, he married twenty-seven women.

Associated With

Kuti was referenced by Thom Yorke as one of his larger influences in creating Atoms for Peace.