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Fela Kuti in 1970
|Birth name||Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti|
|Born||15 October 1938|
|Died||2 August 1997 (aged 58)|
Fela Anikulapo Kuti (15 October 1938 – 2 August 1997), or just Fela, was a Nigerian musician and composer who was very important in a genre called afrobeat. He played the saxophone, guitar, drums, keyboards and trumpet, and he sang. He was also a human rights activist. The American singer James Brown said that Kuti was one of the originators (starters) of the funk genre.
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