Fela Kuti

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.
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Fela Kuti Discography

Albums

HNLX 5033 Fela Ransome-Kuti* And His Africa '70* Fela Ransome-Kuti* And His Africa '70* - Fela Fela Fela (Album) His Master's Voice HNLX 5033 Nigeria 1970 Sell This Version
HNLX 5090 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
AS 0001 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
SLRZ 1023, 1 E 062 o 04933 Fela Ransome—Kuti* And The Africa '70* With Ginger Baker Fela Ransome—Kuti* And The Africa '70* With Ginger Baker - Live! (Album) Signpost Records SLRZ 1023, 1 E 062 o 04933 UK 1971 Sell This Version
HNLX 5200 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
HNLX 5070 Fela Ransome-Kuti* & The Africa '70* Fela Ransome-Kuti* & The Africa '70* - Na Poi (Album) His Master's Voice HNLX 5070 Nigeria 1971 Sell This Version
ST 6377, ST-6377 Fela Ransome-Kuti* And The Africa '70* With Ginger Baker Fela Ransome-Kuti* And The Africa '70* With Ginger Baker - Live!(LP, Album) Capitol Records, Capitol Records ST 6377, ST-6377 Canada 1971 Sell This Version
EMI (LP) 008N 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
JILP1001 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
ELD-02.01.57 Fela Ransome-Kuti* & The Africa '70* Fela Ransome-Kuti* & The Africa '70* - Afrodisiac (Album) Regal Zonophone, EMI ELD-02.01.57 Peru 1972 Sell This Version
NEMI (LP) 0009 Fela Ransome Kuti* & The Africa 70* Fela Ransome Kuti* & The Africa 70* - Gentleman (Album) EMI NEMI (LP) 0009 Nigeria 1973 Sell This Version
JILP 1002 Fela Ransome Kuti* & Africa 70 Fela Ransome Kuti* & Africa 70 - Alagbon Close (Album) Jofabro JILP 1002 Nigeria 1974 Sell This Version
EMI (LP) 0004 Fela Ransome-Kuti* & The Africa 70* Fela Ransome-Kuti* & The Africa 70* - Confusion (Album) EMI EMI (LP) 0004 UK 1974 Sell This Version
PMLP 1002 Fela* And The Africa 70* Fela* And The Africa 70* - Excuse O (Album) Coconut (3) PMLP 1002 Nigeria 1975 Sell This Version
PMLP 1000 Fela* & Africa 70 Fela* & Africa 70 - Everything Scatter (Album) Polydor PMLP 1000 Nigeria 1975 Sell This Version
SWS (LP) 1001, SWS 1001 Fela Ransome Kuti* & Africa 70 Fela Ransome Kuti* & Africa 70 - Expensive Shit (Album) Soundworkshop Records, Soundworkshop Records SWS (LP) 1001, SWS 1001 Nigeria 1975 Sell This Version
2C 062 81958 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
PMLP 1001 Fela* & Africa 70 Fela* & Africa 70 - Before I Jump Like Monkey Give Me Banana (Album) Coconut (3) PMLP 1001 Nigeria 1975 Sell This Version
ABR 0-11 Fela* & Africa 70 Fela* & Africa 70 - Noise For Vendor Mouth(LP, Album) Afro Beat ABR 0-11 Nigeria 1975 Sell This Version
SWS 1003 Fela* & Africa 70 Fela* & Africa 70 - No Bread (Album) Soundworkshop Records SWS 1003 Nigeria 1976 Sell This Version
SP-44290 Fela Anikulapo Kuti* & The Africa 70* Fela Anikulapo Kuti* & The Africa 70* - Up Side Down (Album) Afrodisia SP-44290 Venezuela 1976 Sell This Version
AMI 001 Fela Anikulapo Kuti* & Afrika 70* Fela Anikulapo Kuti* & Afrika 70* - Ikoyi Blindness (Album) African Music International (AMI) AMI 001 Nigeria 1976 Sell This Version
PFS 4412 Fela Anikulapo Kuti* & The Africa 70* Fela Anikulapo Kuti* & The Africa 70* - Yellow Fever (Album) Afrodisia PFS 4412 UK 1976 Sell This Version
PMLP 1003 Fẹla* And Afrika 70* Fẹla* And Afrika 70* - Zombie (Album) Polydor PMLP 1003 Ghana 1976 Sell This Version
CRLP 507 Fela* & Africa 70 Fela* & Africa 70 - Kalakuta Show (Album) Kalakuta Records CRLP 507 UK 1976 Sell This Version

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murphywmm

murphywmm

April 20, 2016
edited 3 months ago
DO NOT buy the 2014-15 vinyl reissues from Knitting Factory Records. They were pressed at Rainbo Records and they are all defective. The replacements they sent me were also defective.
radiocitizen

radiocitizen

December 23, 2002
edited over 5 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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