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Twenty years after Nigeria lost a music legend, multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, human rights activist, and political philosopher, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, his songs and what it represents still live vividly in our hearts.
Fela Anikulapo Kuti, born in Abeokuta, Nigeria in 1938, was one of Africa’s most controversial musicians and throughout his life he continued to fight for the rights of the common man despite vilification, harassment, and even imprisonment by the Nigerian government.
Kuti was strongly influenced by parents, his mother being Funmilayo, a leading figure in the nationalist struggle.
Late Fela died On August 2, 1997, and according to some reports, he died of complications related to HIV/AIDS although there has been no definitive proof.
Below are Seven Quotes From The Late Music Legend:
1. “They say a fool at 40’s a fool forever. I won’t say that to my brother. Change if you’re a fool at 20/30. Don’t wait until u’re 40.”
2. In ‘Water no get enemy’, Fela said:”Water e no get enemy. If you fight am unless you wan die. I dey talk of black power.”
3. My people are scared of the air around them, they always have an excuse not to fight for freedom.”
4. “To be spiritual is not by praying and going to church. Spiritualism is the understanding of the universe so that it can be a better place to live in.”
5. In his song: ‘Shuffering and Smiling’. Fela said: “My people dey ‘shuffering’ and ‘smiling’, everyday na the same thing. Suffer, suffer for world, enjoy for heaven.”
6. “Zombie, oh, zombie, Zombie no go go unless you tell am to go, Zombie no go stop unless you tell am to stop. No brake, no jam, no sense. Joro jara joro,”
7. ‘Yellow Fever’ singing:”Yellow Fever, you dey bleach o, you dey bleach, ugly thing. Who say you fine? Na lie.”
Continue to Rest In Peace Abami Eda!!!