Fela Kuti

Real Name:
Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti
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Born: 15 October 1938, in Abeokuta, Nigeria.
Died: 2 August 1997, of AIDS and heart failure in Lagos, Nigeria.

He formed his first group Koola Lobitos in 1963. The large jazz, funk, and afrobeat collective underwent many changes in the following decades but the style remained the same thanks to Fela's vision and other key members such as drummer Tony Allen.

In 1969 after visiting America, Fela returned to Nigeria and opened club Afro Spot in Lagos also changing the group's name to Afrika 70. He played with Ginger Baker on the album Ginger Baker Live with Afrika 70 and Fela Kuti, released in 1971 and along side Bobby Gass, better known as Bobby Tench from The Jeff Beck Group, on Stratavarious which was released the next year. In 1981 Fela changed the group's name for the last time to Egypt 80.

He was known as Fela Ransome-Kuti until about 1978, when he renamed himself Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the middle name meaning 'he who carries death in his pouch'. He was a human rights revolutionary who started his own political party, Movement Of The People, to protest the kleptocracy in Nigeria. He had his own compound called the Kalakuta Republic in Lagos, which he declared independent from Nigeria, where he and his uncountable number of wives lived and they were constantly terrorized by the government.

His influence on funk and African music is unsurpassed and has put his name to many albums, the total number thought to be 77.

Father of Femi Kuti and Seun Kuti.
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HNLX 5033 Fela Fela Fela — Fela Kuti Fela Ransome-Kuti* And His Africa '70* Fela Ransome-Kuti* And His Africa '70* - Fela Fela Fela (Album, Comp) His Master's Voice HNLX 5033 Nigeria 1970 Sell This Version
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AS 0001 Why Black Man Dey Suffer....... — Fela Kuti Fela Ransome-Kuti* And The Africa '70* Fela Ransome-Kuti* And The Africa '70* - Why Black Man Dey Suffer....... (Album) African Songs Ltd AS 0001 Nigeria 1971 Sell This Version
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HNLX 5200 Fela's London Scene — Fela Kuti Fela Ransome-Kuti* And His Africa '70* Fela Ransome-Kuti* And His Africa '70* - Fela's London Scene (Album) His Master's Voice HNLX 5200 Nigeria 1971 Sell This Version
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HNLX 5090 Open & Close — Fela Kuti Fela Ransome-Kuti* And The Africa '70* Fela Ransome-Kuti* And The Africa '70* - Open & Close (Album) His Master's Voice HNLX 5090 Nigeria 1971 Sell This Version
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SLRZ 1023, 1E 062 ◦ 04933 Live! — Fela Kuti Fela Ransome-Kuti* And The Africa '70* With Ginger Baker Fela Ransome-Kuti* And The Africa '70* With Ginger Baker - Live! (Album) Regal Zonophone, Regal Zonophone SLRZ 1023, 1E 062 ◦ 04933 Nigeria 1971 Sell This Version
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EMI (LP) 008N Shakara — Fela Kuti Fela Ransome-Kuti* And The Africa '70* Fela Ransome-Kuti* And The Africa '70* - Shakara (Album) EMI EMI (LP) 008N Nigeria 1972 Sell This Version
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JILP1001 Music Of Fela - Roforofo Fight — Fela Kuti Fela Ransome Kuti* & The Africa 70* Fela Ransome Kuti* & The Africa 70* - Music Of Fela - Roforofo Fight (Album) Jofabro JILP1001 Ghana 1972 Sell This Version
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HNLX 5070 Na Poi — Fela Kuti Fela Ransome-Kuti* And The Africa '70* Fela Ransome-Kuti* And The Africa '70* - Na Poi (Album) His Master's Voice HNLX 5070 Nigeria 1972 Sell This Version
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NEMI (LP) 0009 Gentleman — Fela Kuti Fela Ransome Kuti* & The Africa 70* Fela Ransome Kuti* & The Africa 70* - Gentleman (Album) EMI NEMI (LP) 0009 Nigeria 1973 Sell This Version
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2 C 062-81290, 2C 062-81.290 Afrodisiac — Fela Kuti Fela Ransome-Kuti* & The Africa '70* Fela Ransome-Kuti* & The Africa '70* - Afrodisiac (Album) Regal Zonophone, EMI 2 C 062-81290, 2C 062-81.290 France 1973 Sell This Version
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NEMI (LP) 0004 Confusion — Fela Kuti Fela Ransome-Kuti* & The Africa 70* Fela Ransome-Kuti* & The Africa 70* - Confusion (Album) EMI NEMI (LP) 0004 Zambia 1974 Sell This Version
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JILP 1002 Alagbon Close — Fela Kuti Fela Ransome Kuti* & Africa 70 Fela Ransome Kuti* & Africa 70 - Alagbon Close (Album) Jofabro JILP 1002 Nigeria 1974 Sell This Version
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ABR 0-11 Noise For Vendor Mouth — Fela Kuti Fela* & Africa 70 Fela* & Africa 70 - Noise For Vendor Mouth (Album) Afro Beat (2) ABR 0-11 Nigeria 1975 Sell This Version
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PMLP 1000 Everything Scatter — Fela Kuti Fela* & Africa 70 Fela* & Africa 70 - Everything Scatter (Album) Coconut (3) PMLP 1000 Nigeria 1975 Sell This Version
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SWS-1003 No Bread — Fela Kuti Fela* & Africa 70 Fela* & Africa 70 - No Bread (Album) Soundworkshop Records SWS-1003 Nigeria 1975 Sell This Version
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2C 062 81958 He Miss Road — Fela Kuti Fela Ransome Kuti* & The Africa '70* Fela Ransome Kuti* & The Africa '70* - He Miss Road (Album) EMI 2C 062 81958 France 1975 Sell This Version
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SWS 1001, SWS (LP) 1001 Expensive Shit — Fela Kuti Fela Ransome Kuti* & Africa 70 Fela Ransome Kuti* & Africa 70 - Expensive Shit (Album) Soundworkshop Records, Soundworkshop Records SWS 1001, SWS (LP) 1001 Nigeria 1975 Sell This Version
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AMI 001 Ikoyi Blindness — Fela Kuti Fela Anikulapo Kuti* & Afrika 70* Fela Anikulapo Kuti* & Afrika 70* - Ikoyi Blindness (Album) African Music International (AMI) AMI 001 Nigeria 1976 Sell This Version
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PMLP 1002 Excuse O — Fela Kuti Fela* And The Africa 70* Fela* And The Africa 70* - Excuse O (Album) Coconut (3) PMLP 1002 Nigeria 1976 Sell This Version
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PMLP 1001 Before I Jump Like Monkey Give Me Banana — Fela Kuti Fela* & Africa 70 Fela* & Africa 70 - Before I Jump Like Monkey Give Me Banana (Album) Coconut (3) PMLP 1001 Nigeria 1976 Sell This Version
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PFS 4412 Yellow Fever — Fela Kuti Fela Anikulapo Kuti* & The Africa 70* Fela Anikulapo Kuti* & The Africa 70* - Yellow Fever (Album) Afrodisia PFS 4412 UK 1976 Sell This Version
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M2320 Kalakuta Show — Fela Kuti Fela* & Africa 70 Fela* & Africa 70 - Kalakuta Show (Album) Kalakuta Records M2320 US 1976 Sell This Version
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SP-44290 Up Side Down — Fela Kuti Fela Anikulapo Kuti* & The Africa 70* Fela Anikulapo Kuti* & The Africa 70* - Up Side Down (Album) Afrodisia SP-44290 Venezuela 1976 Sell This Version
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DWAPS 2035 Fear Not For Man — Fela Kuti Fẹlá* And Afrika 70* Fẹlá* And Afrika 70* - Fear Not For Man (Album) Afrodisia DWAPS 2035 Nigeria 1977 Sell This Version
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278.162 B, DWAPS 2026 Opposite People — Fela Kuti Fẹla* And Afrika 70* Fẹla* And Afrika 70* - Opposite People (Album) Afrodisia 278.162 B, DWAPS 2026 France 1977 Sell This Version

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gsheputis

gsheputis

January 30, 2022
I had the pleasure of seeing Fela in Chicago in 1986 - I can still remember it, because it was such an experience ! There were about half a dozen female dancers dressed in full regalia shakin', grindin', and bumpin' them asses all night long - the band was super tight, with Fela leading the whole way - I was right in front, shakin', grindin', and bumpin' right along with 'em, and, combined with the ganja and alcohol, such a heady (and sweaty!) experience !!!!!
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djkriegnyc

djkriegnyc

June 22, 2021
just picked up "The Complete Works Of Fela Anikulapo Kuti" boxset.
well worth the money. 51 albums on 29 cds plus a dvd.
so many ESSENTIAL discs...
Zombie
Before I Jump Like Monkey Give Me Banana
Opposite People
Ikoyi Blindness
Kalakuta Show
Why Black Men Dey Suffer (with Ginger Baker)
Yellow Fever
Shakara
Gentleman
J.J.D. (Johnny Just Drop): Live!! At Kalakuta Republik
Unknown Soldier

the brilliance of FELA!!!
radiocitizen

radiocitizen

December 23, 2002
edited over 12 years ago
The King of Afrobeat never sold out! If I had to pick one album to recommend it would have to be 'Confusion', a dance symphony driven by the rhythm assault of the awesome Tony Allen. Also listen for the usual blistering brass-section and the man himself: the late, greatly-lamented Fela Anikulapo Kuti. HE WILL LIVE FOREVER!
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