Oluseun Anikulapo Kuti (born 11 January 1983), commonly known as Seun Kuti, is a Nigerian musician, singer and the youngest son of famous afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. Seun leads his father’s former band Egypt 80.
Seun Kuti Biography
The youngest son of Fela Kuti, Kuti was born in 1983. He became interested in music at five years old, by nine he was playing with his father’s band Egypt 80.
Fela Kuti died in 1997 and Kuti took to the role of leading Egypt 80.
In 2008, the band released album called Many Things. this was the first album released under the moniker Sean Kuti & Egypt 80.
He is featured in Calle 13‘s song “Todo se mueve” (Everything Moves), on their 2010 album Entren los que quieran.
In 2014, Seun Kuti was given an honorary invitation to perform live for the first time at the Industry Nite.
In 2019, Kuti was a featured guest on 85 to Africa; the second album by American rapper Jidenna. In June, Kuti was featured in the Visual Collaborative electronic catalogue, under the Polaris series, he was interviewed on Pan-African awareness, his country and music.
Kuti participated actively in the Occupy Nigeria protests against the fuel subsidy removal policy of President Goodluck Jonathan in his native Nigeria, in January 2012. Seun Kuti is an atheist.
In 2019, on Jidenna’s 85 to Africa album Kuti voiced an outro of a song with these words;
“I believe it’s time for an African peoples powered highway. A highway that will connect the Diaspora and Motherland. A global highway for African people all over the world to rediscover themselves. To remember that the only thing that unites black people, globally, the only thing we all have in common is that we are from Africa”.
Seun and girlfriend Yetunde George Ademiluyi welcomed a baby girl on 16 December 2013 and named her Ifafunmike Adara Anikulapo-kuti.
In 2018, Black Times, by Seun Kuti was nominated for the Grammys, under the World Music Category. This makes Seun the second child of the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti to be considered for this award, as his elder brother, Femi Kuti has been previously nominated without a win.