Nigerian multi-instrumentalist and human rights activist, Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s legacy as pioneer of afrobeats music genre still lives on, 22 years after his death.
Concise News understands that Fela was born on October 15 1938 and died on August 2, 1997. It is widely claimed that he may have possibly died from Kaposi’s sarcoma, which is associated with HIV/AIDS infection. However, there are no known photos of Kuti with telltale lesions.
Fela is a first cousin to the Nigerian writer and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
His mother, Chief Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, was a feminist activist in the anti-colonial movement and was the first woman to drive car in the country.
At the height of his popularity, he was referred to as one of Africa’s most “challenging and charismatic music performers.
Celebrating the legacy of Fela after 22 years, his son, Seun took to his Instagram handle to share a video of the iconic figure.
He wrote “Just how I remember you. Rest In Peace. #22 #getthesax,” he wrote.