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Fela Kuti (1938–1997)

Fela Kuti was born on October 15, 1938 in Abeokuta, Nigeria as Olufela Olusegum Oludotun Ransome-Kuti. He died on August 2, 1997 in Lagos, Nigeria. See full bio »


(age 58) in Lagos, Nigeria
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Run, Fatboy, Run Soundtrack
The Visitor Soundtrack
Juda Soundtrack
National Theatre Live: Fela! Music Department


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  The Deuce (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2018) (writer - 1 episode, 2018)
- Inside the Pretend (2018) ... (performer: "Water No Get Enemy") / (writer: "Water No Get Enemy")
 2017 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Christoph Waltz/Beanie Feldstein/Cardi B/Erykah Badu (2017) ... (writer: "Sorrow Tears and Blood")
 2017 Juda (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Ye Shall Not Eat of It, Neither Shall Ye Touch It, Lest Ye Die (2017) ... (performer: "Yellow Fever")
 2016 Sacred Water (Documentary) (performer: "Shakara")
 2016 Her Friend Adam (Short) (performer: "Gentleman") / (writer: "Gentleman" - as Fela Anikulapo Kuti)
 2012 Beware of Mr. Baker (Documentary) (performer: "Ariwo", "Tiwa (It's Our Own)") / (writer: "Ariwo" - as Fela Ransome-Kuti) / (writer: "Tiwa (It's Our Own)")
  Eastbound & Down (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2012) (writer - 1 episode, 2012)
- Chapter 15 (2012) ... (performer: "Let's Start" - uncredited) / (writer: "Let's Start" - uncredited)
 2011 Between the Canals (performer: "Sorrow Tears and Blood" - as Fela Anikulapo Kuti) / (writer: "Sorrow Tears and Blood" - as Fela Anikulapo Kuti)
 2010 So You Think You Can Dance Canada (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Season 3 Finale: Winner Revealed (2010) ... (writer: "Zombie")
- Top 22 Results (2010) ... (writer: "Zombie")
 2010 The 64th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (writer: "Water No Get Enemy", "Everything Scatter", "Trouble Sleep", "Pipeline", "I.T.T.", "Yellow Fever")
 2010 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.14 (2010) ... (writer: "Upside Down")
 2008 Grand Theft Auto IV (Video Game) ("Sorrow, Tears & Blood", "Zombie", uncredited)
 2007 Run, Fatboy, Run (performer: "Gentleman" - as Fela Anikulapo Kuti) / (writer: "Gentleman" - as Fela Anikulapo Kuti)
 2007/I The Visitor (performer: "Je'nmi Temi (Don't Gag Me)") / (writer: "Je'nmi Temi (Don't Gag Me)")
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(April 26 to May 5, 2013) He was composer, lyricist and the inspiration for the musical, "Fela!," in a Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Stephen and Ruth Hendel presentation at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones wrote the book. Jim Lewis wrote additional lyrics. ... See more »

Alternate Names:

Fela Anikulapo Kuti | Fela Ransome Kuti | Fela Ransome-Kuti


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Invented Afro-beat music, a blend of psychedelic rock, jazz, and soul with west African rhythms. See more »


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