Femi Kuti (NG)

Artist & Speaker

Femi Kuti grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, where at 15, he started playing saxophone in his father’s band, Egypt 80.
He had to replace Fela at the head of the band while he was arrested at the airport and jailed just before touring
In 1986 Femi formed his own band ” The Positive Force”.
His first record was released in 1995 by Tabu/Motown, and has followed a long journey since where he continues to expand the diversity of his artistry on most of his albums and received four Grammy nominations .
In 2004 he opened the “New Afrika Shrine” where the famous ‘Felabration” festival now takes place every year ….

2019 has been extremely intense for Femi Kuti, playing on the world's most exiting and prestigious stages and festivals, while being involved in many recording projects and being deeply engaged in an activism that aims to promise more justice and a better planet for future generations ...

Traveling the world with his old rusted saxophone, we could watch Femi perform live from Cairo’s stadium in front of millions of viewers singing the official song of the African Cup of Nations during the opening ceremony, we could hear him in Johannesburg, programmed alongside Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran at the Global Citizen Festival "Mandela 100" or see his name next to other heavyweights from the new Nigerian scene such as Wizkid or Davido ...

During his tours, Femi has also sold out famous venues such as London's Royal Festival Hall where his hypnotic, high-energy show continues to push Afrobeat to new heights. One exciting development is that his band The Positive Force has been joined by his talented multi-instrumentalist son Made Kuti, to play bass and perform impressive saxophone solos alongside his dad…
It seems that a third generation of Kuti's is en route to a promising destiny !

In spite of all this live activity Femi has also found time to work with the electro music producer Robert Hood, the French Hip Hop band IAM and had the immense pride and personal sat

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