- NAME: Fela Kuti
- OCCUPATION: Civil Rights Activist, Songwriter, Drummer, Pianist
- BIRTH DATE: October 15, 1938
- DEATH DATE: August 02, 1997
- EDUCATION: Trinity College of Music
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Abeokuta, Nigeria
- PLACE OF DEATH: Lagos, Nigeria
- Full Name: Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti
- AKA: Fela Kuti
- AKA: Sodi
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Musician and activist Fela Kuti pioneered Afrobeat music and was repeatedly arrested and beaten for writing lyrics that questioned the Nigerian government.
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Fela Kuti died of AIDS-related complications on August 2, 1997, at the age of 58, in Lagos, Nigeria. Roughly 1 million people attended his funeral procession, which began at Tafawa Balewa Square and ended at Kuti's home, Kalakuta, in Ikeja, Nigeria, where he was laid to rest in the front yard.
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