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Fela Kuti
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Fela Kuti in 1970
Background information
Birth name Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti
Born (1938-10-15)15 October 1938
Abeokuta, Nigeria
Origin Abeokuta, Nigeria
Died 2 August 1997(1997-08-02) (aged 58)
Lagos, Nigeria
Genres Afrobeat
Occupation(s) musician, activist
Instruments Saxophone
Vocals
Keyboards
Trumpet
Guitar
Drums
Years active 1958–1997
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Fela Anikulapo Kuti (15 October 1938 – 2 August 1997), or just Fela, was a Nigerian musician and composer who was very important in a genre called afrobeat. He played the saxophone, guitar, drums, keyboards and trumpet, and he sang. He was also a human rights activist. The American singer James Brown said that Kuti was one of the originators (starters) of the funk genre.

Kuti died in 1997 of Kaposi's sarcoma, an illness caused by AIDS. In 2008 a musical production called Fela! was created, about Kuti's life and career.



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