NIGERIAN MUSICIAN FEMI KUTI BIOGRAPHY
Femi Kuti (born 16 June 1962), also known as Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti, is a Nigerian artist who was born in London and reared in Lagos. In London, UK, he is the eldest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti and Remilekun Taylor. He was born and raised in Lagos (the former capital of Nigeria). Femi’s mother eventually left his father and moved in with him until 1977, when Femi decided to return to live with his father. He joined his father’s band, Egypt 80, when he was 15 years old.
Femi departed Egypt 80 in 1986 to form his own band, “Positive Force”. His sisters, Yemi and Sola, joined him in the band after he began it (as the lead dancers). Following that, his band played its debut gig at the University of Lagos (Unilag). In the next year, he began to perform in foreign venues such as Paris’ New Morning Club, Germany’s Moers Festival, and others. His debut album, No Cause for Alarm, was published by Polygram Records in 1989. Then, two years later, under the Kalakuta Records label, he released MYOB. Femi followed up with his self-titled studio album four years later.
Femi also built a club called The Shrine in 2000, where he recorded his debut live CD. Africa Shrine is the name he gave it. Then, in 2000, he helped rework his father’s legendary song Water No Get Enemy for the compilation CD Red Hot and Riot, which was dedicated to his father, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.
Femi is a social activist who weaves his father’s music into his own by causing social and political upheaval with his songs.
Femi was previously married to Funke Kuti, with whom she had a son, Made Kuti. Femi is also have additional children. His net worth is reported to be $1.5 millions.
Talking about awards, Femi was inducted into Nigeria’s most prestigious music awards, the Headies Hall of Fame, in 2012. He also became an Amnesty International ambassador. Femi has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best World Music Album category four times (in 2002, 2009, 2011, and 2013). Femi and his son Made were nominated for Best Global Music Album and Femi was nominated for Best Global Music Performance at the Grammy Awards in 2022.
Femi Kuti has several albums to his credit, some of them include;
• Shoki Shoki
• Fight To Win
• Day By Day
• Africa For Africa
• No Place For My Dream
• One People One World
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