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Fela Kuti

1938 - 1997

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Fela Aníkúlápó Kuti (born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti; 15 October 1938 – 2 August 1997), also known as Abami Eda, was a Nigerian musician, bandleader, composer, political activist, and Pan-Africanist. He is regarded as the pioneer of Afrobeat, a Nigerian music genre that combines West African music with American funk and jazz. At the height of his popularity, he was referred to as one of Africa's most "challenging and charismatic music performers". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Fela Kuti has received more than 4,092,070 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Fela Kuti is the 295th most popular musician (down from 273rd in 2019), the 6th most popular biography from Nigeria and the 2nd most popular Nigerian Musician.

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  • 41

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  • 3.47

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.26

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among musicians, Fela Kuti ranks 295 out of 2,662Before him are Charles Mingus, PJ Harvey, Manu Dibango, Stig Anderson, Joe Jackson, and Yngwie Malmsteen. After him are Count Basie, Lisa Gerrard, Glenn Frey, Chico Buarque, Moby, and Avril Lavigne.

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Among people born in 1938, Fela Kuti ranks 93Before him are Roland Topor, Jerry West, Olga Szabó-Orbán, Giuliano Amato, Joyce Carol Oates, and Tom Regan. After him are Juliet Anderson, Josef Koudelka, Taha Yassin Ramadan, Leonardo Boff, Karin Dor, and Infante Carlos, Duke of Calabria. Among people deceased in 1997, Fela Kuti ranks 68Before him are Masaru Ibuka, André Franquin, Roland Topor, Friedrich Hund, Barbara, and Stig Anderson. After him are Yevgeny Khaldei, Son Sen, George Wald, Mate Boban, Alparslan Türkeş, and Ernst Wilimowski.

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In Nigeria

Among people born in Nigeria, Fela Kuti ranks 6 out of 236Before him are Hugo Weaving (1960), Wole Soyinka (1934), Muhammadu Buhari (1942), Dr. Alban (1957), and Chinua Achebe (1930). After him are Sade (1959), Usman dan Fodio (1754), Olaudah Equiano (1745), Hakeem Olajuwon (1963), Olusegun Obasanjo (1937), and Jay-Jay Okocha (1973).

Among MUSICIANS In Nigeria

Among musicians born in Nigeria, Fela Kuti ranks 2Before him are Dr. Alban (1957). After him are Tony Allen (1940).

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