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Fela Kuti: Remembering The Legend 20 Years Later

Fela Kuti: Remembering The Legend 20 Years Later

by | 2nd August 2017

 

 

Fela Anikulapo Kuti is known for pioneering the Afrobeat sound, a genre of music that combines American Soul, Funk, and Jazz with elements of African Highlife.

 


Today Wednesday, August 2, 2017, marks 20 years since the legendary Fela Kuti passed on to glory on August 2, 1997.

 

 

Fela remains a national music icon for his Afrobeat sound which originated as far back as the 1960s and whose influences stemmed from American Jazz and Funk, complementing the local chanted vocals, African drums, horns, and percussion among other instruments.

 

 

He is also revered for his songwriting, a gift which got him into many “troubled waters” with the people he spoke out against.

 

 

Fela chiefly used this rich sound as a voice of activism, speaking out boldly with his music against bad governance in his country Nigeria. He is widely regarded as a charismatic performer, as he travelled from one continent to the other with his Egypt 70s band captivating the audience with his music and fascinating dancers.