Saturday, 16 June 2012

Femi Kuti turns 50

Popular afro beat musician, Olufela Olufemi Kuti, popularly known as Femi Kuti, turns 50, today, Saturday, June 16, 2012.The musician who was born in London, is the eldest child of afro beat pioneer, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.  Shortly after his birth, he returned to Nigeria to join his father’s band where he learnt how to compose, sing and perform.In the late 1980s, he founded his own band Positive Force with support from his father’s keyboardist, Dele Sosimi and has since remained a force in the Nigerian music industry and beyond.The three time Grammy Award nominee in 2001 released an album titled ‘Fight to Win’ which featured some U.S musicians including Mos Def and Jaguar Wright.Popular for his anti-government slogans and songs, Femi shares a similar passion with his father which explains his public disdain for anti-people certain government policies, the Fuel subsidy being the most recent.


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