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Tony Allen - 100% match to Femi Kuti

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 August 1940, Lagos, Nigeria. While Africa is justly famed for its percussionists, the continent has produced only a limited number of outstanding kit drummers - not surprisingly, given most African band leaders’ preference for traditional drum and percussion sounds. Nigeria’s Tony Allen, however, along with South Africa’s Louis Moholo, is deservedly ranked Read more

Fela Kuti - 96% match to Femi Kuti

Genres: Jazz Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Soundtracks World Music World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti, 15 October 1938, Abeokuta, Nigeria, d. 2 August 1997, Nigeria. Kuti was a primary influence behind the invention and development of Afro-Beat, the west African fusion of agit-prop lyrics and dance rhythms that has been a major medium of social protest for the urban poor since the late 60s.Kuti was born to middle Read more

Manu Dibango - 62% match to Femi Kuti

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Reggae World Music World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 December 1933, Douala, Cameroon. Sent to France to complete his education in 1949, Dibango lived in Paris until 1956. By now a proficient saxophonist and classically trained pianist, he then moved to Brussels, Belgium. In Brussels, he played regularly at the Black Angels Club, developing his fusion of jazz and Cameroonian makossa music. In 1960, he joined the band led by Read more

King Sunny Ade - 39% match to Femi Kuti

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Sunday Adeniyi, 1 September 1946, Oshogbo, Nigeria. When Ade dropped out of school in 1963 in order to play with semi-professional Lagos juju bands, his parents - from the royal family of Ondo - were horrified. In Nigeria, as in much of Africa, music was regarded by ‘respectable’ people as a very low-caste occupation. Ade’s subsequent national and internationa Read more

Hugh Masekela - 37% match to Femi Kuti

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Hugh Rampolo Masekela, 4 April 1939, Witbank, Johannesburg, South Africa. South Africa’s leading émigré trumpeter and band leader was born into a musical family, which boasted one of the largest jazz record collections in the city. One of Masekela’s earliest memories is of winding up the household gramophone for his parents; by the age of 10, he was Read more

Oumou Sangaré - 35% match to Femi Kuti

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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1968, Bamako, Mali. One of the new generation of female voices in Malian music, Sangaré made her first public appearance at the age of six at the Omnisports Stadium Hall in Bamako, encouraged by her mother, a sogoninkun singer who performed at weddings and rituals. She continued to sing through the rest of her adolescence and in 1986 she was recruited to the Malian tr Read more

Salif Keita - 35% match to Femi Kuti

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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25 August 1949, Djoliba, Mali. Born into one of Mali’s most distinguished families, albino vocalist/composer Keita can trace his descent directly back to Soundjata Keita, who founded the Mali empire in 1240. He originally wished to become a teacher, but unemployment at the time was high, so he switched to music. In the west, musicians are often thought of as dissolute a Read more

Orchestra Baobab - 34% match to Femi Kuti

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1970 as the weekend house band at a Dakar club for government officials, Orchestra Baobab (aka Orchestre Du Bawobab) were early Senegalese fusionists who paved the way for artists such as Youssou N’Dour and Touré Kunda. The original line-up included Baro N’Diaye (saxophone), Barthelemy Attisso (guitar), Latfi Benjeloum (guitar), Charlie N’Diaye ( Read more

Baaba Maal - 33% match to Femi Kuti

Genres: Dance World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 November 1953, Podor, Senegal. Vocalist and guitarist Maal had humble origins, growing up in the sparsely populated town of Podor, where his father worked in the fields, but also had the honour of calling worshippers to the mosque using song. The influence of Islam would remain central to his son’s activities too, both father and son being members of the Fulani commu Read more

Mahmoud Ahmed - 31% match to Femi Kuti

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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18 May 1941, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ahmed sang at weddings and family gatherings from a very early age, but while he was still a child, his family became homeless when his father lost his job. Forced to work as a shoeshine boy, the young Ahmed’s education inevitably suffered and he was expelled from school for poor attendance. Following his headmaster’s advice that Read more

Youssou N'Dour - 23% match to Femi Kuti

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts World Music World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 October 1959, Dakar, Senegal. Born in the Medina, or ‘old town’, district of Dakar, N’Dour is the son of Ndeye Sokhna Mboup, herself a well-known traditional musician, who gave him his grounding in the traditional music of the Wolof people. His first public performances came with two local music and drama groups, including Sine Dramatic, which he joined in 1 Read more

NOMO - 20% match to Femi Kuti

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Funk Pop / Rock
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Tiken Jah Fakoly - 16% match to Femi Kuti

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Doumbia Moussa Fakoly, 23 June 1968, Odienné, Ivory Coast. An intriguing singer, Fakoly has blended the traditional sounds of his homeland and neighbouring West African countries with the reggae sounds of his transatlantic contemporaries. Fakoly formed his first band, Djelys, in 1987 and very soon was noted by audiences throughout the Ivory Coast. Politically aware, s Read more

Ba Cissoko - 13% match to Femi Kuti

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 2000s
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1967, Koundara, Guinea. His father played kora with Ballet Djoliba, which he co-founded. Prompted by his uncle, griot master M'Bady Kouyaté, with whom he toured neighbouring countries, Cissoko also took up kora, a harp-like instrument. In the early 90s, he settled in Conakry, Guinea's capital, attending the National Children's Theatre; later, joining Kouyaté's Read more

Afel Bocoum - 12% match to Femi Kuti

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1990s
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1955, Niafunke, Mali. As a child, inspired by his father, who was a renowned local violinist, and by his uncle Ali Farka Touré, Bocoum fashioned guitars out of old road signs. Progressing to a real guitar in his teens, he performed with Ensemble Niafunké, a group led by Touré. Bocoum’s high keening vocals can be heard on Radio Mali (a compilation of Read more


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