Fela Kuti, also known professionally as “Fela”, was a celebrated Nigerian composer, multi-instrumentalist and human rights activist best remembered for creating the famous Afrobeat genre of music and spreading it outside his native Nigeria. Some of his notable songs include Lady, Sorrow Tears and Blood and Zombie.
He was born to renowned feminist activist Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti and Reverend Israel Ransome-Kuti. He grew up with brothers Olikoye and Beko Ransome-Kuti, who both became renowned doctors. He got married to 27 women in the late 1970s and fathered numerous children, including musician Femi Kuti.
He died of AIDS in 1997.
He was an ardent supporter of polygamy.
In 1978, while performing the hit song Zombie at a concert in Ghana, violence erupted, which forced the authorities in Ghana to ban him from coming back to the country.
was a famous Nigerian singer-songwriter, musician, and activist,
who was born on
October 10, 1938. As a person born on this date, Fela Kuti is listed in our database as the 15th
most popular celebrity for the day (October 10) and the 20th most popular for the year (1938).
People born on October 10
fall under the Zodiac sign of Libra, the Scales.
Fela Kuti is the 385th most popular Libra.
Aside from information specific to Fela Kuti's birthday, Fela Kuti is the 6th most famous Nigerian and ranks 3rd in famous people born in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.
In general, Fela Kuti ranks as the 4621st
most popular famous person, and the 495th most popular singer of all time.
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