16 June 1962, London, England. Son of the legendary Nigerian Afro-Beat pioneer Fela Kuti, Femi is a worthy successor to his father and has added a new dimension to the polyrhythmic sound in which his father specialised. Femi has added the exuberance of young Lagos as well as the sounds of American dance music. This element has been enhanced by the fondness for his music by several noteworthy DJs and producers such as François Kevorkian, Ashley Beedle, Masters At Work, Kerri Chandler and Joe Claussell. All of these noteworthy figures contributed remixes of tracks from his acclaimed 1999 album Shoki Shoki to Shoki Remixed? released on the UKs respected Nuphonic label.
Kuti, who was born in England but raised in Lagos, Nigeria, first rose to fame in 1985 when he appeared in place of his father at the Hollywood Bowl after Fela was arrested at Lagos airport on a dubious fraud charge. Femi delighted the audience with the strident...