Happy Birthday to a Living Legend of Afrobeat

Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti, popularly known as Femi Kuti is a Nigerian Afrobeat Musician. He was born on 16 June 1962 in London but grew up in Nigeria.

He is the eldest son of the late Afrobeat Legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti, and a Grandchild of Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, a women’s rights activist and traditional aristocrat.

Femi started his musical career helping to play in his father’s band in 1980. And in 1986, he decided to start his band, Positive Force with Dele Sosimi, a former keyboardist for Fela Anikulapi Kuti.

Just 2 years after the creation of his band, he started getting international invitations. He was invited to perform at the Festival d’Angoulême (France), the New Morning Club in Paris, and the Moers Festival in Germany.

In 2001, he collaborated with some US musicians, including Common, Mos Def, and Jaguar Wright on his album Fight to Win.

Also in 2002, Femi contributed a remake of his father’s classic song “Water No Get Enemy” to Red Hot & Riot, a compilation CD in tribute to Fela Kuti that was released by the Red Hot Organization and MCA.

Femi Kuti has been nominated four times for a Grammy Award in the Best World Music Album category In 2002, 2009, 2011, and 2013. And in the 2022 Grammy Awards, Femi and his son were nominated for Best Global Music Album, and Femi was nominated for Best Global Music Performance.

As you celebrate a new dawn today, may you continue to achieve greater things.

Long Live Femi Kuti!

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