Fela Ransome-Kuti

Fela Ransome-Kuti

Fela Ransome-Kuti

Fela Kuti, born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti on October 15, 1938, was a Nigerian musician, composer, bandleader, and political activist. He is widely regarded as the pioneer of Afrobeat, a genre that fuses traditional West African music with elements of jazz, funk, and highlife. Fela Kuti's music was not only known for its infectious rhythms and energetic performances but also for its strong political messages. He used his music as a tool to criticize the Nigerian government and advocate for social justice and human rights. Many of his songs addressed issues such as corruption, oppression, and the struggle for liberation. Throughout his career, Fela faced harassment, censorship, and imprisonment from the Nigerian authorities due to his outspoken activism. Despite this, he remained defiant and continued to use his platform to speak out against injustice. Some of Fela Kuti's most famous songs include "Zombie," "Water No Get Enemy," "Shakara," and "Sorrow Tears and Blood." His music has had a profound influence on musicians around the world and continues to be celebrated for its unique blend of musical innovation and social consciousness. Fela Kuti passed away on August 2, 1997, but his legacy as a musical and political icon lives on. He is remembered not only for his groundbreaking contributions to music but also for his unwavering commitment to fighting for the rights and dignity of the African people.
Upcoming Events
33. Fela Ransome-Kuti and the Africa ’70 with Ginger Baker, ‘Live!’ (1971)
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Live Jam
Sat, 27 Jul, 09:00 PM
33. Fela Ransome-Kuti and the Africa ’70 with Ginger Baker, ‘Live!’ (1971) Though already celebrated as one of rock's greatest drummers from…