The Journey of
Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti (born 16 June 1962), popularly known as Femi Kuti, is a Nigerian musician born in London and raised in Lagos. He 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.
Femi's musical career started when he began playing in his father's band, Egypt 80. In 1986, Femi started his own band, Positive Force, and began establishing himself as an artist independent of his father's massive legacy. His first record was released in 1989 (polygram) and in 1995 released the self-titled album ‘’Femi Kuti’’ (Tabu/Motown), three years later Shoki Shoki (MCA) was released which garnered widespread critical acclaim. In 2001 he collaborated with Common, Mos Def, and Jaguar Wright on his album Fight to Win (which was nominated for a Grammy), an effort to cross over to a mainstream audience, and started touring the United States with Jane's Addiction. On the 15th of October 2000, he opened the Shrine, his club, where he recorded the live album Africa Shrine. In 2008 Femi released Day by Day and Africa for Africa in 2010, for which he received two Grammy nominations. In the same year Femi performed at the opening ceremony of the South African World Cup. In 2012 he was inducted into the Headies Hall of Fame (the most prestigious music award in Nigeria), was the opening act on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ European arena tour and became an Ambassador for Amnesty International. He continues to expand the diversity of his artistry on his album (2013) No Place for My Dream. Femi Kuti was a judge on Nigeria's huge TV show Nigerian Idol Season 3.