On this day 20 years ago, Fela Anikulapo Kuti a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, human rights activist, and political maverick died at the age of 58 from complications related to AIDS.
If the Nigerian legend were still alive, he would have clocked 79 on October 15, 2017 unfortunately that day will be the climax of the annual Felabration Music Festival held in his honour.
In his lifetime, Fela was known worldwide as a great musician and activist and years after his death, his Afrobeat sound continues to dictate and dominate th sound of music all over the world leaving his indelible footprint in the sands of time.
His self pioneered Afrobeat sound has put Nigerian music, culture, arts and sound on a new pedestal in the world as much aslyrics of Fela’s songs sonti ue to remain relevant in the current politicial and economic clime in Nigeria.
Late Fela Kuti lett the world with a rich repartoire of music and albums including Why Black Man Dey Suffer (1971), Shakara (1972), Afrodisiac (1973), Gentleman (1973) and many more.
Today, his children Femi, Yemi lead the world to honour their late dad with touching tributes on his 20th rememberance…
20years since the passing of our father(Fela)we miss him so much esp in this trying times. Incredible how relevant his songs/msg still are.
— Femi Anikulapo-Kuti (@Femiakuti) August 2, 2017
.. Baba70 pic.twitter.com/OXWLlV0ipQ
— Dotman? (@Oladotunajibz) August 2, 2017
He will always be missed among us. He was a true revolutionary. #felaforever
— Versepucci (@mixandtapes) August 2, 2017
— Oluwamayowa Ikponmwosa AYODELE (@alakowemekanik) August 2, 2017
Even tho you gone, your legacy lives on. Respect to a freedom fighter (Fala)
— ｉａ ｍ_ｏｌｏｔｕｊｕ ｎｉｏ ｒ (@iam_Olotujunior) August 2, 2017
the gr8test musician africa has eva had! I wuld have loved him 2 b alive n do a song with wizkid! #KingFelaliveson
— JoshGunner◾ (@osagiejoshua6) August 2, 2017