About Femi Kuti


Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti , popularly known as Femi Kuti, is a Nigerian musician born in London and raised in Lagos. He is the eldest son of afrobeat Fela Kuti and a grandchild of political campaigner, women's rights activist and traditional aristocrat Funmilayo Ransome Kuti.


Femi Kuti began his musical career playing in his father's band, Egypt 80. In 1986, Femi started his own band, Positive Force, establishing himself as an artist independent of his father's massive legacy.


Femi Anikulapo Kuti was born in London to Fela and Remilekun Ransome-Kuti , and grew up in the former Nigerian capital, Lagos. His mother soon left his father, taking Femi to live with her. In 1977, however, Femi chose to move in with his father. Femi started playing the saxophone at the age of 15 and eventually became a member of his father's band.


Like his father, Femi has commitment to social and political causes throughout his career.


He created his own band Positive Force in the late 1980s with Dele Sosimi , former keyboard player of Fela Anikulapo Kuti. His international career began in 1988 when he was invited by the French Cultural Centre in Lagos and Christian Mousset to perform at the Festival d'Angoulême , the New Morning Club in Paris and the Moers Festival in Germany.


In 2001, Femi collaborated on his album Fight to Win with a number of US musicians, including Common, Mos Def, and Jaguar Wright.


This article uses material from the Wikipedia article "Femi Kuti", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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