Nigerian Celebrities Biography: Femi Kuti

Femi Kuti’s Biography

 

Synopsis:

Olufela Olufemi Ransom Kuti whose stage name is Femi Kuti, is a renowned Nigerian jazz artiste. Born on June 16, 1962 in London, Femi is the first son of the Nigerian Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. When he was young, his mother (an African-American who died when she jumped out of the window during the military raid on their house in Lagos) divorced his father and went to live alone taking the boy with him. But at age 15, Femi considered himself old enough to take decisions; so he returned to his father with whom he started to nurture his passion for music. It was there he started to learn how to play the saxophone. After playing for long under his father’s Egypt 80 band, learning the rope of the afrobeat music, he went ahead to create his own which he named Positive Force. Before releasing Shoki Shoki (1999) his second album, which won several critical acclaims, he had already released his first record. He had also toured the US doing several collaborations with many United States artistes like Jagua Wright and Mos Def. In 2004, femi opened a club house where afrobeat gained a wider audience; he named it The Shrine. It was where he recorded a live album called Africa Shrine. Later two of his grand albums Day by Day (2008) and Africa For Africa (2010) received Grammy Awards Nominations.  Also, femi has been an ambassador for Amnesty International. Just like his father, Femi is also committed to fighting the cause of social justice. He had been seen participating in rallies and  He has also released many songs criticizing the sorry situation in Nigeria. Notable of these songs include ‘What Will Tomorrow Bring’, ‘Sorry Sorry’ and ‘97’. Femi has demonstrated lots of traits which show that he is different from his father. Apart from giving up smoking cigarettes and marijuana, he also stuck to his monogamous lifestyle with his only wife, Funke, unlike his father who had 27 wives. However, Femi’s marriage with Funke was soon short-lived for they were separated after having a child. He has so much rebranded Afrobeat that he now easily collaborates with reigning Nigerian Hip Hop artistes including MI Abaga and Wizkid. Femi has bagged quite a number of awards and international honours too numerous to itemise here.

Genre: Afrobeat, Jazz

Popular Tracks:

‘Black Man Know Yourself’

‘Beng Beng Beng’

‘Sorry Sorry’

‘What Will Tomorrow Bring’

Albums including year released:

No Place for My Dream (2013)

Fight to Win (2011)

Africa for Africa (2010)

Day by Day (2008)

Shoki Shoki (1999)

Femi Kuti (1994)

No Cause for Alarm (1987)

Awards:

Nominated 4 times for Grammy Awards (2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014)

(World Best Selling African Artiste) World Music Awards

(World Best Music Artiste) 2011 Songlines Magazines Awards

Won 2 kora Awards in 1999

In 2012 he was honoured as part of the few to be inducted into the prestigious Headies Hall of Fame.

Controversies:

In November 2014, Sahara Reporters on its online platform reported that Femi Kuti disclosed his sorry situation to the media. It was about his discovery of the sad fact that two of his sons were not biologically his. This came after doing a DNA test. And to think that the Afrobeat icon was only knowing about this when he was already 46 years old is mind-boggling! This issue soon trended online for a long time.

Social Profiles:

Femi Kuti on Facebook: Femi Kuti Official

Femi Kuti on Twitter: @Femiakuti

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