Femi Kuti

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Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti (born 16 June 1962), popularly known as Femi Kuti, is a Nigerian musician born in London and raised in Lagos. He is the eldest son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. and a grandchild of a political campaigner, women's rights activist and traditional aristocrat Funmilayo Ransome Kuti.

Femi's musical career started when he began playing in his father's band, Egypt 80. In 1986, Femi started his own band, Positive Force, and began establishing himself as an artist independent of his father's massive legacy.

His first record was released in 1995 by Tabu/Motown, followed four years later by Shoki Shoki (MCA), which garnered widespread critical acclaim. In 2001 he collaborated with Common, Mos Def and Jaguar Wright on Fight to Win, an effort to cross over to a mainstream audience, and started touring the United States with Jane's Addiction. In 2004 he opened The Shrine, his club, where he recorded the live album Africa Shrine. After a 4-year absence due to personal setbacks, he re-emerged in 2008 with Day by Day and Africa for Africa in 2010, for which he received two Grammy nominations. In 2012 he was both inducted into the Headies Hall of Fame (the most prestigious music awards in Nigeria), was the opening act on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ European arena tour and became an Ambassador for Amnesty International. He continues to expand the diversity of his artistry on his new album (2013) No Place for My Dream. Femi Kuti was a judge on Nigeria's huge TV show Nigerian Idol Season 3.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 No Cause for Alarm? Femi Anikulapo Kuti and the Positive Force 1
1991 Femi Anikulapo Kuti and the Positive Force Femi Anikulapo Kuti and the Positive Force 1
1995 Femi Kuti Femi Kuti 1
1998 Shoki Shoki Femi Kuti 3
2001 Fight to Win Femi Kuti 2
2008 Day By Day Femi Kuti 2
2010 Africa for Africa Femi Kuti 2
2013 No Place for My Dream Femi Kuti 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 The Best of Femi Kuti Femi Kuti 1
2007 The Definitive Collection Femi Kuti 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Africa Shrine Femi Kuti 2

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Shoki Remixed Femi Kuti 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Truth Don Die Femi Kuti 1
2000 Blackman Know Yourself Femi Kuti 3

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