Femi Kuti

In 1978, Femi Kuti started playing alto sax in the band of his father, the great Fela Kuti. When Fela was put in prison in 1984 for a period of two years, the young Femi had become band leader in his father's absence. After Fela's return, his son left and created his own group, the Positive Force. He continued in the same Afrobeat style, but his songs were shorter and his lyrics less provocative.

At first, Femi Kuti had to work very hard to work up against the reputation of his father, and he was always compared to his father. Gradually, recognition came, and by the mid-1990s, his reputation was established and he could tour around the world.

After the death of his father in 1997, Femi was seen as the inheritor of Afrobeat. Indeed, over the years, he has grown into an artist in his own right, criticizing and addressing issues such as AIDS, or the disastrous policies of African rulers.

At the wake of the new century, he returned to return to Lagos to rebuild The Shrine, a musical venue, inspired on his father's project, that was destroyed by the Military. The album « Africa Shrine » was recorded there.

In 2008, a new studio album « Day by Day », recorded in Paris, came out and was well received and seen as one of his best albums. His album « Africa for Africa » was recorded in Lagos, in the old studio where his first album, but also many albums by his father, were recorded. Femi's music is now much less polished, and Femi's lyrics are more aggressive and vindicative than before.

Femi Kuti
  Femi Kuti 

Born: 16 June 1962 as Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti, in London
Style: Afro-beat

Title Year Label Remarks
Stop The Hate 2021 Partisan Records Packaged together with Made Kuti's album For(e)ward
(the two packaged and sold as Legacy+)
One People One World 2018 Partisan/Knitting Factory
No Place for My Dream 2013 Naive
Africa for Africa 2010 Wrasse Records WRASS 282
Day by Day 2008 Wrasse Records WRASS 228
The Definitive Collection 2007 Wrasse Records WRASS 186 2 CD compilation
Africa Shrine 2004 Mk2 Music (F)/UWe; Tropical Music (D) Live studio recording
Best of Femi Kuti 2004 Barclay Also: Wrasse Records WRASS 136
Fight to Win 2001 Barclay Also: Wrasse Records WRASS 042
Shoki Remixed 2000 Nuphonic NUX145CD
Shoki Shoki 1999 Talkin Loud 559035-2
Femi Anikulapo Kuti & the Positive Force 1996 Mélodie 34002-2
Femi Kuti 1995 Tabu 314530477-2
M.Y.O.B. 1991 Kalakuta KALP 12
No cause for alarm? 1989 Polygram POLP 201

Page added November 2002