Seun Kuti

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Seun Kuti
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Seun Kuti at the 2008 Marsatac Festival in Marseille, France
Background information
Birth nameOluseun Anikulapo Kuti
Born (1983-01-11) 11 January 1983 (age 36)
Lagos, Nigeria
InstrumentsSaxophone, vocals
LabelsDisorient Records, Knitting Factory Records, Strut Records
Associated actsEgypt 80

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


Seun and his brother Femi are the two commercially successful 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 performing with his father and the band. 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. His 2008 debut album, Many Things, was 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.

Personal life[edit]

He 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.[4]

Seun and girlfriend Yetunde George Ademiluyi welcomed a baby girl on 16 December 2013 and named her Ifafunmike Adara Anikulapo-kuti.[5]

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

In 2014, Seun Kuti was given an honorary invitation to perform live for the first time at the Industry Nite.[6]

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 in 2003, 2010, 2012 and 2013 without a win.[7]

In June 2019, Kuti was featured in the Visual Collaborative electronic catalogue, under the Polaris series, he was interviewed on Pan-African awareness, his country and music.[8]


See also[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. ^ "I am happy I'm an atheist, says Seun Kuti - Vanguard News". 29 July 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  5. ^ Naming ceremony -- Archived 21 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine -- Retrieved from Nigerian entertainment site, 2014-02-12
  6. ^ "Seun Kuti Thrills at Industry Nite". Pulse Nigeria TV. Chuey. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Will Seun Kuti finally bring home the Grammy Awards for the Anikulapo Kuti family?". Pulse Nigeria TV. Ehis Ohunyon. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  8. ^ "U.S based Festival Platform Visual Collaborative features Seun Kuti & Other Africans". BellaNaija. 17 June 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2019.

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