Classed as one of the greatest musicians of all time, Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti would have been 77 years today, October 15, 2015, if he was alive. So as we celebrate his posthumous birthday, here are 11 top Nigerian music acts that have been influenced by the legendary ‘Abami Eda.’ We are not talking about Dede Mabiaku, Lagbaja or Femi and Seun Kuti.
Acclaimed as the most successful pop acts of this era, 2face Idibia no doubt derives inspiration from Fela. Unlike his colleagues who cashed in on political gains during elections, the Hypertek boss has remained neutral staying off politics and jabbing politicians and those in government with his music when it is necessary. The 40-year-old music star whose biography, Very Good Bad Guy’ is set for release on October 20, 2015 once revealed in an interview that asides Bob Marley, his biggest influence in music is Fela. They also have a similarity when it comes to women too, although it appears the father of 7 has changed from his old ways since getting married to Annie Macaulay.
From his fashion style, to his stage displays and his iconic harmonica, Dapo Oyebanjo better known as D’banj hit our consciousness as a reincarnation of Fela. With Don Jazzy creating well-crafted Afrobeat inspired pop beats, D’banj really played the Fela part until he dumped his Fela styled body hugging attires to bespoke suits and then parted ways with Don Jazzy. Seemingly a punishment, the DB Records boss lost out in his attempt to play the late kalakuta General in the award winning Broadway production Fela! D’banj however remains one of the biggest acts who derive inspiration from Fela whom he claims is his mentor.
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Source:: The NET