Femi Kuti is a London born Nigerian Musician and Instrumentalist. He began his musical career at age 15, when he started playing saxophone in Egypt 80, his father’s band in 1979. Later, he moved on to establish his own band, Positive Force. Today, Femi a multiple Grammy award nominee is a celebrated multi-instrumentalist and Afrobeat legend. In 2014, he signed a management deal with Chocolate City Record Label. Femi Kuti is really a popular in Nigeria as his father had existed popularly in the music industry.
Femi Kuti Profile Overview
|Real Name:||Femi Kuti|
|Birthday:||June 16, 1962|
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|Occupation:||Singer, Performer, Song writer|
|Net Worth:||$1.5 Million (N577,510,500)|
The popular singer Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo-Kuti was conceived on June 16, 1962 to Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Remilekun Taylor in London, UK. He experienced childhood in Lagos (the previous capital of Nigeria). In the end, his mom left his dad and took Femi along until in 1977 when Femi chose to come back to live with his dad. Femi is the oldest child of the pioneer Afro beat vocalist Fela Kuti, and the stupendous offspring of a political campaigner and ladies right dissident, Funmilayo Ransome Kuti.
Furthermore, when he timed 15, he joined his dad’s band, Egypt 80. Femi’s dad kicked the bucket of AIDs related inconveniences on August 2, 1997 and his mom passed on in 2002 at 60 years old.
Femi Kuti Early Life
In 1986, Femi left Egypt 80 to begin his own band, Positive Force. After he started the band, he was joined by his sisters, Yemi and Sola (as the lead dancers). Thereafter, his band had its first show in University of Lagos, (Unilag). And in the following year, he began to play in international scenes like the New Morning Club in Paris, Moers Festival in Germany and many more. In 1989, he released his debut record titled No Cause for Alarm under Polygram records. Then, two years after, he released MYOB under the Kalakuta Records. Femi released his eponym studio album four years later.
Additionally, Femi opened a club The Shrine in 2000, and recorded his first live album there. He titled it Africa Shrine. Then in 2000, he contributed to the remaking of his father’s classic song Water No Get Enemy into Red Hot and Riot, a compilation CD in tribute to his father Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Femi is an activist who threads in his father’s line of music by erupting social and political uproar with his songs.
Femi Kuti Songs
Femi Kuti has done several live performances and live albums. He has also produced several songs, and has gone on series of musical tour. In addition, he has some song collections and has made appearances in documentaries. He once shared a stage with his Chocolate city label mate, M.I Abaga and performed in a concert with his brother, Seun Kuti in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Kuti has also collaborated with Sound Sultan and Tu Face. Below are his studio albums and the track listings.
Femi Kuti Album
He recorded and released an eponym album in 1994 and 1995 respectively. This was the album that brought Femi to limelight. The album was released on Motown’s Tabu Records label. He co-produced it with Andy Lyden. The songs in the track listing include Wonder wonder, Survival, Frustrations, Nawa, Plenty Nonsense, Stubborn Problems, No Shame, Live for Today and Changes.
Femi Kuti album was praised both in Europe and in Africa for producing a more streamlined and accessible style of his father’s music. The album was also included in a musical reference book – 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
Femi Kuti Net Worth
According to Austinemedia, the afrobeat musician net worth is estimated at $1.5 million. He is one of the most influential musicians in Nigeria.
Femi Kuti Personal Life
Femi was once married to Funke Kuti, and they had a son together, Made Kuti. Also, Femi is blessed with other children.
Femi Kuti Awards & Recognitions
In 2012, Femi was inducted into the most prestigious music awards in Nigeria – Headies Hall of Fame. He also became an ambassador for Amnesty International. He was nominated on four occasions for the Grammy Awards in the ‘World Music Category’, in 2002, 2009, 2011, and 2013. In 2017, Femi broke the Guinness World record for a single note held on saxophone circular breathing for 51 minutes and 35 seconds.