Fela Kuti is a well-known Nigerian musician and songwriter who helped to establish the Afrobeat genre (a unique combination of funk, psychedelic rock, jazz, and Yoruba chants).
He also rose to prominence as a human rights activist and political force in Nigeria and worldwide with particularly vocal views on bureaucratic corruption and the aftereffects of colonialism.
Kuti’s music became increasingly radical when he shifted to pidgin English to expand his pan-African appeal heavily influenced by the Black Panther Party’s ideology.
His family and acquaintances were also hounded on many occasions by the authorities Kuti practiced polygamy and was married to many ladies at the same time from many country.
His legacy though goes on. Knitting Factory Records has published Kuti’s entire catalog of over 50 albums online and on CD and the label has now begun distributing vinyl.
Here are some of his purpular songs and singles, Lady, Shakara, Gentlemen, Warter no get enemy, Zombie, Sorow tears and blood, No agreement, Roforo fight, Shuffering and shmilling, Coffin for head of state, I.T.T, Army arrangement, O.D.O.O, and many more.
Finally, the excellent melody “International Thief Thief (I.T.T.)” is a fantastic piece that will undoubtedly deserve a spot on your playlist if you enjoy great music.
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