Born on 15 October 1938 in Abeokuta, Ogun State, into an upper-middle-class family, Fela Anikulapo Kuti is known to be the King of Afrobeat music genre, human rights activist, and political maverick. He lived his life, trying to create a better world through his music.
Aside the likes of Dede Mabiaku, Lagbaja or Femi and Seun Kuti, here are top music stars who draws inspiration from the life and music of Fela.
1. 2face Idibia
It is no doubt that popular music legend, 2face Idibia draws inspiration from the late king of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti.
Unlike his colleagues who cashed in on political gains during elections, the Hypertek boss has remained neutral staying off politics. 40-year-old music star once revealed in an interview that asides Bob Marley, his biggest influence in music is Fela.
From his fashion style, to his stage displays and his iconic harmonica, Dapo Oyebanjo better known as D’banj hit our consciousness as a reincarnation of Fela.
With Don Jazzy creating well-crafted Afrobeat inspired pop beats, D’banj really played the Fela part until he dumped his Fela styled body hugging attires to bespoke suits and then parted ways with Don Jazzy.
D’banj however remains one of the biggest acts who derive inspiration from Fela whom he claims is his mentor.