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Femi Kuti

The multi-talented and highly energetic Femi Kuti was born in London in 1962, the eldest son of Fela. The family moved back to Lagos in 1963.
To start with Femi was a saxophonist in his father's afrobeat bands having left school in 1978. Femi came to international attention on an occcasion in 1985 when he was to play in Fela's band at the Hollywood Bowl but Fela himself was arrested at Lagos airport. The rest of the band travelled and Femi took the lead to great acclaim. In 1986 he formed his own band The Positive Force in which he plays sax and lead vocals. Their sound is basically afrobeat spiced up with funk, jazz and hiphop. Femi and his powerful band have been on many international tours, the latest of which coincided with a major Fela Kuti festival in London in October 2004. To hear a 13-minute interview with Femi recorded at that time click here:

Albums recorded by Femi Kuti and The Positive Force to date are Shoki Shoki (1999), Fight to Win (2001) and Africa Shrine (2004). On Fight to Win guest vocalists include renowned rappers Mos Def and Common. The latest is a CD and DVD with tracks live from the new venue Africa Shrine in Lagos which Femi set up and peforms at regularly. It includes Femi's version of 'Water no get Enemy'. Femi has decided that it's vital to continue the fight and remain in Lagos rather than settle in any other country. Africa Shrine is described as a musical temple and was inaugurated in 2000.
Issues covered in Femi's highly accessible and somewhat explicit