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Biography of Femi KUTI

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Born on 16/06/1962 (format : day/month/year)

Biography :

Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti known as  Femi Kuti (b. June 16, 1962), is a Nigerian musician and the eldest son of the famous Fela Anikulapo.

A veritable superstar in his native Nigeria, Femi Kuti is the standard bearer for Afro-beat, the blend of American jazz and funk with African percussion and vocals pioneered by his father, Fela Kuti in the 1970s.

Born in London in 1962 and raised in Lagos, Femi Kuti started his music career as a teenager, playing in and later leading his father's band, Egypt 80. In 1986, Femi formed his own group, Positive Force, following his father's Afrobeat traditions while modernizing the sound with hip-hop, soul and modern dance techniques. Femi's music is also more accessible.

His father (an equally famous musician) died from Aids. Femi has made the awareness and suffering of  Aids his priority action in organising events and raising money.

In 1999 Femi was awarded two important trophies in the Kora All African Awards, (Best singer and composer for Beng, Beng, Beng. In May 2000 he was awarded the World Music Award for Beng, Benf, Beng.
In 1998 he started MASS movement against second slavery which directs its actions against multinational companies which are trying to put their hands on the world's riches. He has continued to bring out records which reflect the Afrobeat such as Fight to Win 2001 and 2004 Live at Shrine.

Last update : 05/04/2009

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