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 multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, composer, political activist, and Pan-Africanist. He is regarded as the pioneer of Afrobeat, an African music genre that combines traditional Yoruba percussion and vocal styles 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 3,598,759 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Fela Kuti is the 273rd most popular musician (up from 275th in 2019), the 6th most popular biography from Nigeria (up from 7th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Nigerian Musician.

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  • 37

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.43

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  • 4.27

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among musicians, Fela Kuti ranks 273 out of 2,675Before him are Arthur Nikisch, Gianna Nannini, Consuelo Velázquez, André Previn, Ian Stewart, and Ole Bull. After him are Sonny Rollins, Domenico Alberti, Cozy Powell, Cliff Williams, Rudolf Schenker, and Buddy Rich.

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Among people born in 1938, Fela Kuti ranks 83Before him are Joyce Carol Oates, Jerzy Skolimowski, Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld, Takehiko Kawanishi, Oscar Robertson, and Ian Stewart. After him are Leiji Matsumoto, Ricardo Lagos, Klaus Schwab, Juliet Anderson, Radivoj Korać, and David Baltimore. Among people deceased in 1997, Fela Kuti ranks 60Before him are Narciso Yepes, Masaru Ibuka, Gerda Christian, Miguel Najdorf, George Wald, and Charles Brenton Huggins. After him are Friedrich Hund, Hugo Gunckel Lüer, Alexander R. Todd, Yuri Nikulin, Son Sen, and André Franquin.

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In Nigeria

Among people born in Nigeria, Fela Kuti ranks 6 out of 200Before him are Wole Soyinka (1934), Dr. Alban (1957), Hugo Weaving (1960), Muhammadu Buhari (1942), and Chinua Achebe (1930). After him are Tony Allen (1940), Sade (1959), Hakeem Olajuwon (1963), Usman dan Fodio (1754), Olusegun Obasanjo (1937), and Olaudah Equiano (1745).

Among MUSICIANS In Nigeria

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