Oluseun Anikulapo-Kuti, commonly known as Seun Kuti celebrated his elder brother, Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo-Kuti, popularly known as Femi Kuti, who is a year older today, Tuesday June 16.
The Nigerian musician, singer and youngest son of the famous AfroBeat pioneer, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, went on Twitter early Tuesday morning, in honour of Femi at 58.
“HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BIG BRODA FEMI ANIKULAPO KUTI, ALL THE BEST BRODA FEMI”, Seun Kuti tweeted with Femi’s picture.
Femi Kuti began his musical career playing in his father’s band, Egypt 80. In 1986, Femi started his own band, Positive Force, establishing himself as an artist independent of his father’s massive legacy.
Femi was born in London, and grew up in Lagos. He started playing the saxophone at the age of 15 and eventually became a member of his father’s band. He studied at Baptist Academy and Igbobi College.Like his father. Femi has made commitments to social and political causes throughout his career.
His international career began in 1988 when he was invited by the French Cultural Centre in Lagos and Christian Mousset to perform at the Festival d’Angoulême (France), the New Morning Club in Paris and the Moers Festival in Germany.
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’s track was created in collaboration with hip-hop and R&B artists D’Angelo, Macy Gray, The Soultronics, Nile Rodgers and Roy Hargrove, and all proceeds from the CD were donated to charities dedicated to raising AIDS awareness or fighting the disease.
Femi Kuti’s voice is featured in the videogame Grand Theft Auto IV, where he is the host of radio station IF 99 (International Funk 99, described as “playing a great selection of classics from West Africa, the US and elsewhere”).
People & Politics also celebrate the legendary musician, more resourceful years Femi Anikulapo-Kuti.