Femi Kuti, heir to one of Africa’s most important musical dynasties, is the eldest son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, and a grandchild of a political campaigner, women’s rights activist and traditional aristocrat Funmilayo Ransome Kuti. He grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, and his musical career started at 15 when he began playing in his father’s band, Egypt 80, in 1979.
Femi started his own band, Positive Force, in 1986, and was joined by his sisters Yeni and Sola (as the lead dancers) and began establishing himself as an artist independent of his father’s massive legacy. In 2000, he opened The Shrine, his club, where he recorded the live album Africa Shrine. He won a Monaco “World Music Award” that same year.
After a four-year absence 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 both inducted into the Headies Hall of Fame (the most prestigious music awards in Nigeria), was the opening act on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ European Tour, and became an Ambassador for Amnesty International. He continued to expand the diversity of his artistry on his 2021 album Legacy+, earning two more Grammy nominations.
Like his father, Femi has shown a strong commitment to social and political causes throughout his career and continues to fight for a free and fair Nigeria.