Fela Had Almost 70 Albums!
We bet you didn’t know late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti had almost 70 albums to his credit!
And for your information, those albums are said to be available worldwide for sale.
According to a post on the Felabration page, the albums were released due to wide and consistent demand for Fela’s songs.
‘Fela Anikulapo-Kuti was arrested more than two hundred times in his life, and charged with almost every conceivable crime, although only serving one eighteen-month sentence in jail for currency violation,’ the post began. Taking it further, the post reads;
‘Despite this constant harassment, he continued to live in Nigeria event though, as an icon in the international world or rock and roll, soul, jazz and hip-hop, he could have at any point abandoned Nigeria and led the life of an international music superstar. ‘His death on August 3, 1997 of complications from AIDS deeply affected musicians and fans internationally, as a unique and ineffable musician and socio-political voice was lost.’ ‘But the part that would, maybe not totally shocking to those very close to Fela and his several tunes but surely surprising to most comes last: ‘His incredible body of work, almost 70 albums, is now available, through public demand, all over the world.’
Born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti on 15 October 1938, he died on the 2nd of August 1997.
Fela, was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, human rights activist, and political maverick.
On 3 August 1997, Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, already a prominent AIDS activist and former Minister of Health announced that Fela died from Kaposi’s Sarcoma which was brought on by AIDS. More than a million people attended Fela’s funeral at the site of the old Shrine compound. A new Africa Shrine has opened since Fela’s death in a different section of Lagos under the supervision of his son Femi Kuti.