Seun Kuti

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Seun Kuti
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Seun Kuti @ Marsatac Festival 2008 (Marseille, France)
Background information
Birth name Oluseun Anikulapo Kuti
Born (1983-01-11) 11 January 1983 (age 31)
Origin Nigeria
Genres Afrobeat
Instruments Saxophone, vocals
Labels Knitting Factory Records
Associated acts Egypt 80
Website Seun Kuti on Myspace

Oluseun Anikulapo Kuti (born 11 January 1983), commonly known as Seun Kuti, is a Nigerian musician, and the youngest son of legendary afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. Seun leads his father's former band Egypt 80. [1][2]

Seun and his brother Femi are the two successful[citation needed] musical offspring of the late Nigerian afrobeat innovator Fela Kuti. Seun has one younger sister who used to sing in his band. At the age of nine Seun expressed the wish to sing to his father.[citation needed] A short while later Seun started acting as a sort of mascot and would sing a few songs backed by Egypt 80 before his father took to the stage. Since then, Seun has followed the political and social ethos of his father.

After Fela had died in 1997, Seun, then only 14 years old, became the lead singer of Egypt 80. While in school Seun had to choose between a career in music and one in African Football for which he has an outstanding talent.[citation needed] He had a friend performing for crowds too, sometimes consisting of only 3 or 4 people. He honed his musical skills for several years. Those skills were showcased to the world with his 2008 debut album, Many Things, produced by Martin Meissonnier, who had already produced two albums for his father.

About three quarters of the current Egypt 80 line-up consists of musicians that not only played with Fela Kuti, but often were arrested and harassed alongside the founder of the Afrobeat movement. Live sets consist of both new material and originals from Seun’s father. Since during his lifetime, Fela Kuti had never performed any songs live on stage which he had recorded in the studio, this is the first chance for many long-time fans to enjoy classics like Shuffering and Shmiling, Colonial Mentality and Army Arrangement in a live setting. A new studio album called From Africa with Fury: Rise was released on 5 April 2011. It was recorded in London, produced by Brian Eno, John Reynolds and Seun himself.

Seun Kuti is featured in Calle 13's song "Todo se mueve" (Everything Moves), on their 2010 album Entren los que quieran.

He participated actively in the Occupy Nigeria protests against the fuel subsidy removal policy of President Goodluck Jonathan in his native Nigeria, in January 2012. Seun Kuti is an atheist.[3]

Seun and girlfriend Yetunde George Ademiluyi welcome a baby girl on 16 December 2013 and named her Ifafunmike Adara Anikulapo-kuti[4]

Seun Kuti and the Egypt 80 Orchestra performing at Celebrate Brooklyn 2011. Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Anikulapo, Seun (2011-07-05). "Femi And Seun Kuti Keep Their Father's Rebellious Beat". NPR. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  2. ^ http://newafricanmagazine.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1051:seun-anikulapo-kuti-youngest-son-and-musical-heir-to-the-late-fela-kuti&Itemid=681
  3. ^ 29 July 2013 (2013-07-29). "I am happy I'm an atheist, says Seun Kuti - Vanguard News". Vanguardngr.com. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  4. ^ Naming ceremony -- Gistplaza.com -- Retrieved from Nigerian entertainment site Gistplaza.com, 2014-02-12

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