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What To Know About Fela Anikulapo Kuti Family.

Fela Anikulapo Kuti


 Fela was one of Africa's greatest music performers, and was the pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre.

 But what some people do not probably know is that the legendary musician was greatly influenced by his family, and that influence has extended down to his children and grandchild.

 When you look at their family, you can't help but admit that music indeed runs in their blood.

Fela was a protest singer, and through his music, he was able to talk about the ills in society and the need for change. He was the son of Reverend Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti, a Protestant minister, school principal and the first president of the National Union of Teachers.


Reverend Israel Oladotun Ransome-Kuti:


Fela's grandfather, Josiah Jesse Ransome-Kuti, was an Anglican priest and a music minister. He saw music as a means of drawing people to his church, and was one of the first West Africans to start translating Christian hymns into Yoruba. 

He also composed some Christian songs in Yoruba language. Some of his compositions were recorded in the United Kingdom by Zonophone Records in the early 1920s.

Fela children and grandchildren


Fela's grandfather.


It is clear that Fela inherited the musical gene from his grandfather.


When Fela died in 1997, many were concerned about how his legacy was going to be preserved. But fortunately, his children have been able to do that in the past years.


Some of his children are Afrobeat stars, and have been able to make names for themselves both locally and internationally

 

Fela's first son, Femi Kuti, started his music career with his father's band, Egypt 80, and interestingly, he plays the same instrument as his late father.

 Femi left his father's band in 1986 to form his own band The Positive Force, and has done well in promoting the Afrobeat which his father pioneered. Four of his albums have been nominated for the Grammy Awards.

Seun is another of Fela's children who have been stung by the music bug. He started performing on stage with his father at the age of 8, and when his father died, he took up the leadership of Egypt 80. 

Since then, the talented singer has done a good job by keeping his father's legacy alive.


Fela has other children who are also involved in music in one way or the other, even though they are not prominent musicians like their siblings.


The musicality doesn't just end in Fela's children but has extended to his second generation.


Fela's grandson, Made Kuti, seems to possess all the qualities that his grandfather had. He also attended the prestigious Trinity College, London, and plays several instruments which include piano, drums, trumpet, piano among others.


Made Kuti reappropriates the Afrobeat which his grandfather and father are known for, and through his songs, he also addresses the need for change. 

During an interview with SPIN, he stated that one cannot deny the things he was taught as a child.

It is interesting to see that music did not just start with Fela in his family, even though he founded his own genre when he began his career. And after his death, the spirit of music did not die with him.


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