Seun Kuti

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Seun Kuti
Seun Kuti at the 2008 Marsatac Festival in Marseille, France
Seun Kuti at the 2008 Marsatac Festival in Marseille, France
Background information
Birth nameOluseun Anikulapo Kuti
Born (1983-01-11) 11 January 1983 (age 37)
Lagos, Nigeria
OriginNigeria
GenresAfrobeat
Occupation(s)Musician, singer
InstrumentsSaxophone, vocals
LabelsDisorient Records, Knitting Factory Records, Strut Records
Associated actsEgypt 80
Websitehttps://www.seunkuti.net/

Oluseun Anikulapo Kuti (born 11 January 1983),[1] commonly known as Seun Kuti, is a Nigerian musician, singer and the youngest son of famous afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. Seun leads his father's former band Egypt 80.[2][3]

Biography[edit]

The youngest son of Fela Kuti, Kuti was born in 1983. He became interested in music at five years old, by nine he was playing with his father's band Egypt 80.[4]

Fela Kuti died in 1997 and Kuti took to the role of leading Egypt 80.[5]

In 2008, the band released album called Many Things. this was the first album released under the moniker Sean Kuti & Egypt 80.[5][6][7]

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

In 2014, Seun Kuti was given an honorary invitation to perform live for the first time at the Industry Nite.[8]

In 2019, Kuti was a featured guest on 85 to Africa; the second album by American rapper Jidenna.[9] In June, Kuti was featured in the Visual Collaborative electronic catalogue, under the Polaris series, he was interviewed on Pan-African awareness, his country and music.[10]

Politics[edit]

Kuti 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.[11]

In 2019, on Jidenna's 85 to Africa album Kuti voiced an outro of a song with these words;[9]

"I believe it's time for an African peoples powered highway. A highway that will connect the Diaspora and Motherland. A global highway for African people all over the world to rediscover themselves. To remember that the only thing that unites black people, globally, the only thing we all have in common is that we are from Africa". [12]

Personal life[edit]

Seun and girlfriend Yetunde George Ademiluyi welcomed a baby girl on 16 December 2013 and named her Ifafunmike Adara Anikulapo-kuti.[13]

Seun Kuti and the Egypt 80 Orchestra performing at Celebrate Brooklyn 2011

Reception[edit]

In 2018, Black Times, by Seun Kuti was nominated for the Grammys, under the World Music Category. This makes Seun the second child of the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti to be considered for this award, as his elder brother, Femi Kuti has been previously nominated without a win.[14]

Discography[edit]

Released as Sean Kuti & Egypt 80:

Studio albums[edit]

Other recordings[edit]

  • Think Africa (12", 2007)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seun Kuti: All you need to know about Fela's son as he turns 33 today". Nigerian Entertainment Today. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  2. ^ Anikulapo, Seun (5 July 2011). "Femi And Seun Kuti Keep Their Father's Rebellious Beat". NPR. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Seun Kuti | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  6. ^ Seun Kuti & Fela's Egypt 80 - Seun Kuti, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved 6 September 2020
  7. ^ "Seun Kuti + Fela's Egypt 80* - Many Things". Discogs. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Seun Kuti Thrills at Industry Nite". Pulse Nigeria TV. Chuey. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  9. ^ a b Nguyen, Dean Van (23 August 2019). "Jidenna: 85 to Africa – Classic Man takes it back to the source". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  10. ^ "U.S based Festival Platform Visual Collaborative features Seun Kuti & Other Africans". BellaNaija. 17 June 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  11. ^ "I am happy I'm an atheist, says Seun Kuti - Vanguard News". Vanguardngr.com. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  12. ^ Jidenna (Ft. Seun Kuti) – Worth the Weight, retrieved 24 August 2019
  13. ^ Naming ceremony -- Gistplaza.com Archived 21 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine -- Retrieved from Nigerian entertainment site Gistplaza.com, 2014-02-12
  14. ^ "Will Seun Kuti finally bring home the Grammy Awards for the Anikulapo Kuti family?". Pulse Nigeria TV. Ehis Ohunyon. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  15. ^ Black Times - Seun Kuti, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved 6 September 2020

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