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Fela Kuti

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Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria (1938 – 1997)

Fela Anikulapo Kuti (15 Oct 1938 – 2 Aug 1997), or simply Fela, was a Nigerian musician and , pioneer of music, human rights activist, political maverick & leader of Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa ‘70.

HMV Magazine ranked him as #46 on a list of the 100 most influential musicians of the 20th century.

The musical style performed by Fela Kuti is called Afrobeat, which is essentially a fusion of , , , and traditional Yoruban chants and rhythms. It is characterized by having African-style percussion, vocals, and musical structure, along with jazzy, funky horn sections. The endless groove is also used, in which a base rhythm of drums, shekere, muted guitar, and bass guitar are repeated throughout the song. His band was notable for featuring two baritone saxophones, whereas most groups using this instrument only use one. This is a common technique in African and African-influenced musical styles, and can be seen in funk and . Some elements often present in Fela’s music are the within the chorus and figurative but simple lyrics. Fela’s songs were almost always over 10 minutes in length, some reaching the 20- or even 30-minute marks, while some unreleased tracks would last up to 45 minutes when performed live. This was one of many reasons that his music never reached a substantial degree of popularity outside of Africa. His songs were mostly sung in Nigerian pidgin, although he also performed a few songs in the Yoruba language.

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  • OrangesunHouse

    Stuff John Lennon up your fucking ass. Here's a true musical revolutionary.

    18 Mar 4:32pm Reply
  • CarvelCakes

    MAN THE FELA IS.

    13 Feb 10:34pm Reply
  • JackAnderson94

    IS FELA THE MAN?

    9 Feb 6:17pm Reply
  • S_Dot

    African god.

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • notwhatseem

    wow wowowoow wow wowowow

    6 Dec 2014 Reply
  • tati_bg

    Afrobeat no go die!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ ...

    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • lilletilla

    <3

    22 Nov 2014 Reply
  • alleseter

    One of the greatest artists in any musical genre

    23 Oct 2014 Reply
  • lukecowan

    THE FELA IS MAN

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Ilan_Negao

    THE MAN IS FELA

    15 Oct 2014 Reply
  • BatooqSupersoul

    MAN IS THE FELA

    19 Sep 2014 Reply
  • hargoblin

    FELA IS THE MAN

    9 Sep 2014 Reply
  • zuzurro

    WOW

    17 Aug 2014 Reply
  • AtmoScarab

    Brilliant! Inspiring. [2]

    9 Aug 2014 Reply
  • burton449

    Yellow fever

    31 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Ife69

    Confusion Break Bones <3

    27 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Funerary_Doom

    Brilliant! Inspiring.

    7 Jul 2014 Reply
  • shaolinmonk420

    Yeah Man:)

    5 Jul 2014 Reply
  • LOVES-DESIRE

    Fela, Fela, Fela, I wish that you were still with us making your Music ...... My Brother - Genius - can't stop moving, grooving, listening, and listening to the words ..... Love, Groove, Fun, Truth, Fight, and Politics ..... Sometimes a little confusing and an optimist ...... Fela you marry all of those Sisters because in your Culture it is permitted - you must be able to provide for them in their separate homes with you ..... Fela my Brother - you put them together even in the Band .... Fela, my Brother - you make up your own rule - you divorce all of them - because they show too much jealously ...... Genius always seem to have some real live crazy going on with their Creative, Rebel personality ...... You were the Man - Fela Kuti and your Music still awakens the Soul ......

    15 Jun 2014 Reply
  • memristor

    what a fucking incredible human

    13 Apr 2014 Reply
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