It has been 25 years since Fela Kuti died and his influence is still notable in Nigeria’s music culture.


The Afrobeat legend passed away on August 2, 1997.

He is still remembered as an influential icon who voiced his opinions on matters that affected Nigeria through music.

After early experiences abroad, Kuti and Africa 70, his band, shot to stardom in Nigeria during the 1970s.


He was an outspoken critic and a target of Nigeria’s military juntas.

In 1970, he founded the Kalakuta Republic commune, which declared itself independent from military rule.

The commune was destroyed in a 1978 raid. Fela was jailed by the federal government of Muhammadu Buhari in 1984 but released after 20 months.


He continued to record and perform through the 1980s and 1990s.

Years after Fela’s death, his exemplary life, and towering legacies continue to offer hope and strength to mankind.

Since 1997, reissues and compilations of his music have been overseen by his son Femi Kuti.

Below are some of Fela’s songs to listen to on his 25th death anniversary.





Water No Get Enemy




Sorrow, Tears, & Blood

Coffin for Head of State

Shuffering and Shmiling

International Thief Thief


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