Our Legendary Of This Month : FEMI KUTI

As you all should know, we admire and get inspired by music all over the world, any kind of music that teaches us the true essence and culture with in. We have a few inspiring Legendary Artist that mean a lot to this movement and we Dedicate this youth month to this Genius gentle man…

Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti (born 16 June 1962) popularly known as Femi Kuti, is a Nigerian musician and the eldest son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.[1]

Femi was born in London to Fela and Remi Kuti and grew up in the former Nigerian capital, Lagos. His mother soon left his father, taking Femi to live with her. In 1977, though, Femi chose to move in with his father. Femi eventually became a member of his father’s band.

Like his father, Femi has shown a strong commitment to social and political causes throughout his career.

He created his own band Positive Force in late 80s with Dele Sosimi (Gbedu Resurrection), former key-board player of Fela Anikulapo Kuti. His international career began in 1988 when he was invited by the French Cultural Centre in Lagos and Christian Mousset to perform at Festival d’AngoulΓͺme (France), New Morning Club in Paris and Moers Festival in Germany.

In 2001, Femi collaborated on his album Fight to Win with a number of U.S. musicians, such as Common, Mos Def, and Jaguar Wright.

In 2002, Femi’s mother, who had played an influential role in Femi’s life, died at the age of 60. Femi’s son currently appears as part of his act, playing alto saxophone.

Also in 2002, Femi contributed a remake of his father’s classic song, “Water No Get Enemy,” to Red Hot & Riot, a compilation CD in tribute to Fela Kuti that was released by the Red Hot Organization and MCA. His track was created in collaboration with hip hop and R&B artists, D’Angelo, Macy Gray, The Soultronics, Nile Rodgers, and Roy Hargrove, and all proceeds from the CD were donated to charities dedicated to raising AIDS awareness or fighting the disease.

Femi Kuti’s voice is featured in the videogame Grand Theft Auto IV, where he is the host of radio station IF 99 (International Funk 99, described as “playing a great selection of classics from West Africa, the US and elsewhere”).

Kuti’s first nomination for a grammy occurred in 2003 and he was again nominated for a second time in 2010 in the world music category.

In similar fashion as his father, there have been complaints of Kuti’s criticism of his homeland Nigeria, specifically in the song “Sorry Sorry”.

This is by far our Legendary Artist of this month…

Frolic Love

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~ by frolic6ent on June 8, 2011.

One Response to “Our Legendary Of This Month : FEMI KUTI”

  1. Awesome!How fitting that frolic six should have this piece on Fela Kuti as I was watching a documentary about the legend. It was called Music is a weapon… Inspirational stuff indeed! Ashe!

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