Nigerian afrobeat singer, Femi Kuti is a year older today.
Born Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti, Femi Kuti is a Nigerian musician and the eldest son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.
His musical career kicked off when he joined his late father’s band. He later moved on to start his own in 1986 called ‘Positive Force’.
His first record was released in 1995 by Tabu/Motown, followed four years later by ‘Shoki Shoki (MCA)’. In 2001, he collaborated with Common, Mos Def and Jaguar Wright on ‘Fight to Win’ and started touring the United States with Jane’s Addiction.
In 2004 he opened The Shrine, his club, where he recorded the live album Africa Shrine. After a 4-year hiatus due to personal setbacks, 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 and was the opening act on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ European arena tour.