FEMI KUTI TO JOIN BEYONCE AND JAY Z AT GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL: MANDELA 100

Watching Femi Kuti performing live is one of the most amazing experience for Afrobeat lovers. We are adding more flavour to this with Ruby Gyang, Nonso Bassey and Etuk Ubong on the line-up

Born Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti on June 12, 1962, in London. Femi grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, where, at 15, he started playing the saxophone in his father’s band, Egypt 80. In 1986 he formed his own band, the Positive Force.

In 2001 he collaborated with Common and Mos Def on Fight to Win, an effort to cross over to a mainstream audience, and started touring the United States with Jane’s Addiction. In 2004 he opened The New Afrika Shrine, his club, where he recorded the live album Africa Shrine. After a 4-year absence, he re-emerged in 2008 with Day by Day and Africa for Africa in 2010, for which he received two Grammy nominations

In 2012 he was inducted into the Headies Hall of Fame (the most prestigious music awards in Nigeria), was featured on the Red-Hot Chili Peppers’ European Arena Tour and became an Ambassador for Amnesty International.

Femi continues to expand the diversity of his artistry over his 40-year career and recently released his seventh album One People One World.

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