Nigeria’s foremost entertainment news platform, NET TV has set out today to celebrate Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti popularly known as Abami Eda, who died exactly 20 years ago.
The musical genius had been a cultural icon since the early 70’s when he created the Afrobeat genre. 20 years ago, the world was shocked by the news that one of Africa’s most iconic figures Fela Anikulapo Kuti had passed away.
As a musician, he was unequalled. His music was a delightful fusion of classical music, highlife and traditional African music. The result was a sound like no other and Fela’s fame was global.
Fela’s music describes the life of the average Nigerian who is constantly suffering, but smiling through the pain, believing in the rewards that await them in the afterlife due to the teachings of religious leaders, who themselves live the most lavish lives, enjoying the so-called earthly pleasures. He warns people to open their eyes to this injustice and stop being blind followers of religion.
In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Legend’s death, Thenetng compiled a series of video tours of the Kalakuta republic, the place where the legend lived until his death; see links to videos below;